Direct discharge of human waste from railway coaches onto the tracks makes the National Green Tribunal very unhappy

Seetha Gopalakrishnan
Monday, September 7, 2015 - 10:16
National Green Tribunal unhappy with Railways’ practice of discharging waste directly onto the tracks
 
The National Green Tribunal (West) has taken cognizance of the issue of discharge of human waste from rail coaches directly onto the tracks. The issue was brought before the Tribunal in the form of an Environment Interest Litigation (EIL) filed by Sahyog Trust, a NGO based out of Pune. The Railway Ministry has been asked to file a reply to and be present before the tribunal on October 1.
 
Germany to help rejuvenate a portion of the Ganga based on its experience with the Rhine
 
Germany has agreed to help rejuvenate a stretch of the Ganga flowing through Uttarakhand based on the technology it had used to clean up the Rhine back home. This was finalized during the bilateral meeting of the Foreign Ministers of both the countries in Berlin in late August.
 
102-year-old motivates villagers to construct toilets in rural Chhattisgarh
 
102-year-old Kuwarbai Yadav has undertaken a door to door campaign for better hygiene and sanitation practices in Kotabharri village in Dhamtari district of Chattisgarh. After the centenarian sold off her goats to construct a toilet for herself and urged others to build them as well, the entire village came forward and pledged to make the village an ‘open defecation free’ zone.
 
The state of sanitation in Tamil Nadu's CBSE schools abysmal: HRD Ministry
 
National Sanitation Rating Initiative executed in collaboration with the Union HRD Ministry has revealed that over 50 percent of CBSE schools including the Kendriya Vidyalayas (KV) in Tamil Nadu have abysmally low sanitation facilities. Only two KVs in the entire state managed to secure the ‘Green’ tag with an adherence rate 91-100 percent.
 
Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation hands out better service conditions along with id cards to over 400 waste pickers
 
The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has handed over identity cards to over 400 waste pickers working within the limits of the civic body. All of them are members of the ‘Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat’, an organisation that works for the rights of waste pickers and itinerant scrap buyers.
 
Maharashtra government vows to make all of its 265 cities open defecation free within three years
 
With close to 41 million individuals defecating out in the open, the Maharashtra government has set a three year target to make all of its 265 cities open defecation free (ODF). October 2, 2015 has been set as the target to declare 50 cities as ‘ODF’.
 
A roundup of important sanitation related news between August 31 and September 6, 2015
 
Lead image courtesy: News India Times

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