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    In the past few months, men who have been using the restrooms at the Terminal 2 (T2) of the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai have probably noticed something different about the urinals. There is no water at these urinals, instead a green chemical is used to flush these loos. It might look strange to the 90,000 men who set foot in the airport on a daily basis (including its staff) but it is what's keeping the urinals cleaner than ever before.

    And this move saves about 1 lakh litres of water every day.

    Image for representation. Photo source: Wikimedia  A few months ago, the authorities of one of the busiest airport terminals in India decided to solicit the help of "green chemicals," which are essentially a mix of enzymes and bacteria, rather than resorting to water. Apart from the urinals, the staff also using this mixture to clean the 4 lakh square metres of surface area at the terminal. And it is most likely the first airport in India to adapt this method of cleaning. A Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd (MIAL) spokesperson in an interview with the Times of India further elaborates on the cleaning agent noting, "Cleaning compounds that contain ammonia-feeding bacillus spores are instead used in toilets. Lab tests have confirmed that the toilets are cleaner now. We don't use lemongrass or lavender or other such essential oils to mask the smells. The bacteria convert the ammonia generated due to uric acid accumulation to nitrogen, as soon as the toilet is used."
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    For now, 200 of the toilets use this as a flushing system, especially the ones designated for men. And in the process deploy hard-working bacteria that never take a day off and work 24/7. The method is eco-friendly. And with tonnes of water being saved, this certainly is a neat idea worth emulating across the country.

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    ASHA worker Indira Bhai of Gundagurthi village didn’t just build a toilet for her pregnant daughter Bhagyashree, but set in motion a wave of change in the entire Kalaburgi district. When Zilla CEO Hephsiba R Kolarpati came to know that Indira Bhai built the toilet in just two days, the impressed CEO organised a baby shower for Bhagyashree’s newborn.

    During the baby shower, she announced the programme 'Koosu,' wherein officials will organise a post-delivery baby shower for families that build toilets for their expecting daughters or daughters-in-law.

    Image for representation only. Source: by Meena Kadri, via Flickr According to a report by Bangalore Mirror, the programme ‘Koosu’ will emphasise on the health and hygiene of pregnant women.
    “Under the programme after ANC registration officials will check for toilet availability or build one, teach the pregnant women about health, hygiene, sanitation and nutrition and educate them about breastfeeding and newborn care. We will celebrate the bump and motherhood through baby showers organised by the gram panchayat,” Kolarpati told BM.
    Women representatives will coordinate with the health department and ensure institutional deliveries and then follow up after the delivery. Kolarpati has lauded Indira Bhai’s efforts and has encouraged other ASHA workers to take such steps. Highlighting the importance of toilets for pregnant women, she pointed out that in the absence of toilets, pregnant women tend to reduce food and water intake, which leads to malnutrition. Kolarpati had launched another unique campaign titled Understand Sensitize Help Achieve (USHA) as the CEO of Chamarajanaga, which aimed at reaching out to every girl child in the district.
    Also read: 300 Mumbai Students Worked Every Sunday for 2 Years & Gifted 107 Toilets to a Village!
    Featured image credit: Bangalore Mirror

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    Akshay Kumar wants you to pay attention to the country's toilets. Or rather, the lack of it to be more specific. The actor, who is known for his philanthropic efforts, has taken to his social media platforms to talk about how as a society, there ought to be more emphasis on sanitation and hygiene. Through a video, Kumar speaks about how he came across unhealthy facts about the problems millions of Indians face regarding sanitation while doing research for his film, Toilet Ek Prem Katha. Right off the bat, he makes one request from those watching his appeal, "Watch, think and share your views." He notes, "Despite the fact our country is a super-power, more than half the population, especially women, can't go to toilet when they need it the most because more often than not, they don't even have toilets in their homes." This becomes a problem for women who sometimes have to force their bodies to act against their own anatomy thus causing health problems down the road. He goes on to explaining that this leads to even the children of the nation getting diseases that would otherwise would be avoidable. Ultimately, it is time we held ourselves accountable for ensuring every Indian has access to something as basic as clean and hygienic sanitation.
    You may also like: Akshay Kumar Has an Idea to Help Families of Martyred Soldiers. And It’s worth Thinking About.
    The actor's plea, has gone viral with the video on Facebook having been viewed 1.7 million times in the span of one day. People have hailed the actor for talking about what could otherwise have been an uncomfortable subject to broach.

    Watch the video below:

    Soch aur Shauch Time hai apni #SochAurShauch dono badalne ka. Dekhiye, sochiye aur apne vichar bataiye 🙏🏻 समय है अपनी सोच और शौच दोनों बदलने का। देखिये, सोचिये और अपने विचार बताइये 🙏🏻 Posted by Akshay Kumar on Thursday, March 23, 2017

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    The quest to make India open-defecation-free continues. An organisation is contributing to the drive by offering a unique and sustainable solution in Rajasthan’s villages — EcoSan toilets.

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    Under government initiative 'Swacch Bharat' India is working towards becoming defecation free by 2nd October 2019. In his latest blog entry, Bill Gates highlights the positive impacts of the efforts to achieve this so far.

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    If you're unhappy with your visit to a public restroom, you could soon be able to give instant feedback directly to government with feedback devices provided by ITI LTD.

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    In recent years, awareness of waste sanitation in India has heightened thanks to organisations such as Eco Femme and individuals including Arunachalam Muruganantham aka India's 'Menstrual Man.' India however still has a long way to go before an effective, environmentally responsible and health conscious solution becomes widespread.

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    Imagine using a public toilet along with five thousand villagers or worse, being forced to defecate in the open. This is the reality of Carambolim, a village in the state of Goa, around five kilometres from Old Goa’s World Heritage Site. Carambolim is no ordinary village. It is also home to the famous Carambolim or […]

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    Ushma Goswami, a SBI youth for India fellow went to a remote village in Mysore to open just a paralegal clinic but ended upbuilding 70 toilets in one year.

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    These villagers braved death threats, vigilantly drove open defecators away at four in the morning, achieved ODF and are now using human excreta as manure.

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    Have you ever given a thought to what happens after you flush your toilet? Does a sewer system manage all the waste or is it just dumped somewhere? ‘Buland Babu’ is here to not just educate you, but also raise awareness about the need for human waste treatment that does not come at the cost […]

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    Sanitation and hygiene in the poorest slums have been a distant dream for far too long. But what happens when one individual takes it upon himself to change the course of life in areas like these? Indian Filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is a perfect example of how one can make every individual effort count. Mehra’s […]

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    Waterless urinals not only help solve India’s sanitation issue, their unique design can also great assist in the country’s quest for water security.

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    In 2008 when the jhopadpattis on the pavements of Sewri were demolished, Parveen Sheikh sat by the footpath with her friend Kanta Nada mourning her lost home. Out of 680 homes, according the 1995 election rules, only 280 homes were rehabilitated — Parveen’s home was not on the list. The BMC assured the angered pavement […]

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    Tired of holding your bladder thanks to lack of toilets in public, or more importantly, hygienically safe toilets in public? The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has partnered with Google on the latter’s toilet locator awareness campaign through which public toilets across Delhi, Gurugram, Faridabad, Ghaziabad and Noida zones can be located on Google Maps. […]

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    As part of a campaign to make 621 Maharashtra villages open-defecation free by October 2, 10,000 toilet pits were dug in a single day in preparation for 10,000 toilets to be built.

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    When Gondappa’s son reached the age of five, he walked with his hands on the ground and feet in the air to the temple of the village Goddess in Thesgora, Madhya Pradesh. A host of villagers accompanied the man to celebrate the survival of the first child who reached the age of five, in a […]

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    Researchers of Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, have achieved another feat by innovating a low-cost dirt detector that will soon open up the possibility of keeping public facilities clean and hygienic at all times. Reportedly, the device can be placed at places where cleanliness needs to be monitored on a regular basis.The smart hygiene monitor […]

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    The Coconut Garden Residents Welfare Association (RWA) is an informal body of residents in Nagarbhavi, Bangalore, and comprises around 130 houses. As is with most of the RWAs, the work of the association with its dedicated team is to ensure water supply, internal road work, tackling problems of electricity, cleanliness, helping with documentation and organising […]

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    Sanitation and hygiene in the poorest slums have been a distant dream for far too long. But what happens when one individual takes it upon himself to change the course of life in areas like these? Indian Filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is a perfect example of how one can make every individual effort count. Mehra’s […]

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