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The mere presence of toilets does very little to change sanitation behaviour in the absence of community ownership and participation. A decade ago, this was more or less the story of Tiruchirapalli, one of the least hygienic cities in the country then. Poor maintenance and the general lack of initiative rendered most of the community toilets constructed by the Tiruchirapalli Corporation...

Provisions relating to water and sanitation are among the 61 items listed as ‘State Subjects’ under the Seventh Schedule in Part XI of the Constitution of India. Despite being catalogued as the responsibility of the states, the Union Government pitches in to supplement the former’s efforts.

The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS) is the nodal agency at the national level in...

Article Courtesy: Samerth Trust

India ranks first in open defecation compared statistics world over. The UNICEF and WHO’s latest reports state that 82% of the billion people practicing open defecation in the world live in just 10 countries. India continues to be the leader here with the highest number of people - 600...

Arghyam, a grant making foundation working in water and sanitation in India, hosted a workshop on 27th January 2015 at the Indian Institute of Human Settlements (IIHS), Bangalore to understand the interface between groundwater and sanitation in India. After a decade of work across the country, Arghyam has...

Popular climate change discourse usually tends to vilify carbon dioxide. But a more potent polluter lays unnoticed in our midst – Methane. Putrid solid waste lying around contributes heavily to the release of methane into the atmosphere. It resides in the atmosphere for a much shorter duration than carbon dioxide but traps radiation more effectively, contributing to the global rise in...

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