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| Last Updated:: 11/05/2018


Sanitation is a broad term which includes safe disposal of human waste, waste water management, solid waste management, water supply, control of vectors of diseases, domestic and personal hygiene, food, housing, etc. Sanitation includes environmental sanitation which is largely viewed as “the control of all those factors in man’s physical environment which exercise a deleterious effect on his physical environment, health, alleviating poverty, enhancing quality of life and raising productivity- all of which are essential for sustainable development” (WHO 1992).


The World Health Organization states that:


"Sanitation generally refers to the provision of facilities and services for the safe disposal of human urine and feces. Inadequate sanitation is a major cause of disease world-wide and improving sanitation is known to have a significant beneficial impact on health both in households and across communities. The word 'sanitation' also refers to the maintenance of hygienic conditions, through services such as garbage collection and wastewater disposal.


Sanitation includes all four of these engineering infrastructure items (even though often only the first one is strongly associated with the term "sanitation"):


• Excreta management systems

• Wastewater management systems

• Solid waste management systems

• Drainage systems for rainwater, also called stormwater drainage


Sanitary household toilet is the most important aspect of sanitation. Besides, restoration of dignity, privacy safety and social status, sanitation has strong bearings on child mortality, maternal health, water quality, primary education, gender equity, reduction of hunger and food security, environmental sustainability, global partnerships and ultimately poverty alleviation & improvement of overall quality of life. Open defecation still in practice in many rural areas resulting in serious social, economic and environmental problems. Openly left human waste helps in breeding and transmission of pathogens, which carry diseases and infections. The problem is most acute for children, women and young girls. Children, especially those under 5 are most prone to diarrhoea and sometimes even lose their lives. In case of women, lack of sanitation facilities often forces them to restrict themselves by reducing and controlling their diet, which leads to nutritional and health impacts. Women, especially adolescent girls, face higher risks of sexual assault due to lack of household toilets.


Types of sanitation:


• Dry sanitation

• Ecological sanitation

• Environmental sanitation

• Improved and unimproved sanitation

• Sustainable sanitation

• On-site sanitation


Impact of good sanitation: Good sanitation has the following impacts on individuals and on community:


• Improves health

• Decrease in morbidity and mortality

• Improves productivity

• Poverty alleviation

• Improves water quality

• Minimizes incidence of drop-out in school particularly girl students



Sanitation Facilities in India and Selected State


In Madhya Pradesh, around 22.5 percent urban households defecate in open spaces, followed by Tamil Nadu (16.2 percent), Uttar Pradesh (14.8 percent), Gujarat (8.7 percent), Maharashtra (7.7 percent) and Delhi (3 percent).


A staggering 55 percent of rural households defecate in the open, according to data tabled in the Lok Sabha on May 7, 2015. Odisha tops list, with 86.6 percent of rural households defecating in the open. In Kerala, no more than 3.9 percent of households defecate in the open. 





Physical Progress Report



Source: Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation Govt. of India, Annual Report 2014-2015




Annual Progress Report - Physical


Community Sanitary Complex
(Upto Dec,2016)


Source :, Updated on 11th May, 2018



Physical Progress in 2010-11 and 2011-12 (upto March, 2012)



Annual objectives for 2011-12

Achievement for 2011-12 (upto March, 2012)

% Achievement

Achievement in 2010-11 (upto March, 2011)

Individual household latrines 1,20,00,000  88,01,700  73.34  12243731
School Toilet 1,00,000  1,22,471  122.47  105509
Anganwadi Toilet 50,000  28,331  56.62  50823

Source:Government of India, Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation


Physical Progress in 2012-13 and 2013-2014 (upto Dec, 2013)




School toilets

Anganwadi toilets

Community Sanitary Complex

2012-13 4,559,162  76,396  36,677  1,995
2013-14 (Upto Dec, 2013) 29,08,463  24,658  14,816  958

Source:Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanittaion Govt. of India, Annual Report 2013-2014