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'Lack of sanitation a challenge for rural India'

TNN, 29 January, 2014


ALLAHABAD: A five-day training programme titled Rural Sanitation Technology and Wastewater Management was inaugurated at seminar Hall situated at Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, (MNNIT), Allahabad campus.


The programme is being organised by MNNIT's civil engineering department to create awareness about importance of rural sanitation scenario and possible remedies among water and sanitation sector engineers of PHEDs. This programme is sponsored by the Union ministry of drinking water and sanitation. The participants are middle level professionals and are drawn from public health engineering department of states and Jal Nigam.


The theme for this training programme is "If water is life, sanitation is a way of life" with a focus on moving towards safe drinking water, liquid and solid waste management, environmental cleanliness and personal hygiene. Access to such facilities has an impact on the quality of human life and health.


The program was inaugurated by chief engineer of UP Jal Nigam O P Srivastava. Superintending engineer, UP Jal Nigam, Allahabad, Anoop Kumar Saxena was the guest of honour.


Such rampant pollution plays a key role in promoting poor cooperation among water users, especially between upstream and downstream users, as it both increases clean water scarcity and creates health risks for water users. The poor (mainly rural population) suffers most from this, as they have less access to alternative water sources.


Speaking as guest of honour A K Saxena told participants that lack of adequate sanitation was a pressing challenge in rural India. The waste water generated from various household and other activities in rural areas overflows into open surface drains and is ultimately disposed off into village ponds thereby contaminating it.


Prof A K Sachan, head of civil engineering department of MNNIT welcomed the participants and appealed for an urgent action to provide improved and effective sanitation system in rural areas.


Dean, planning and development, Prof S K Duggal emphasised on WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) and sustainable development was impossible without WASH. Sanitation was a concept, not a device, he said and added that simply striving for proper toilets and sewage disposal was not enough though, since most sanitation systems themselves require water to function. One of the aims of all national water and sanitation programmes was to improve the health of the nation.


Course coordinator Prof R C Vaishya proposed vote of thanks and highlighted practical and theoretical aspects of sanitation program being implemented by the Government of India.