Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Flood-prone Bihar to get ‘eco-sanitation’ toilets

Around 300 special ‘eco-sanitation toilets’ are to be constructed before the rainy season in flood-prone areas of Bihar in a bid to prevent spread of water-borne diseases so common at that time in the state.

With over a month left for the monsoons, the Bihar Institute of Public Administration and Rural Development (BIPARD) and Unicef are working together to construct these special toilets in eight flood-prone districts.

“We plan to construct 300 eco-sanitation toilets in these districts,” Sanjay Pandey, coordinator, centre for disaster management, BIPARD, said.

These toilets, also called a composting model, are built on raised platforms to prevent groundwater contamination. It has three openings and separates faecal matter from urine, Pandey explained.