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Pilot project for eco-san toilets at Musiri

Posted by musiri on September 17, 2005

HEALTHY MOVE: K. Nanda Kishore, Collector, laying the foundation for the eco-san community toilet on the banks of the Cauvery in Musiri recently. — PHOTO: R. M. RAJARATHINAM.

HEALTHY MOVE: K. Nanda Kishore, Collector, laying the foundation for the eco-san community toilet on the banks of the Cauvery in Musiri recently. — PHOTO: R. M. RAJARATHINAM.

TIRUCHI: : With a view to protecting the Cauvery from the pollution caused by night soil in Musiri, a special village panchayat about 35 km from here on the banks of the river, a massive project to construct 500 eco-san compost toilets and two community toilets has been taken up with joint efforts by the District Rural Development Agency and non-governmental organisations.
This aside, a solid waste management programme with segregation of the waste at source, for making compost has also been launched.
Called the `Musiri Pilot Project’, the programme involves an outlay of Rs. 50 lakhs and will be completed by December 2006.
Musiri is criss-crossed with irrigational canals and only 2,900 out of a total 6,200 houses have domestic toilets. Fifty per cent of the total population of 38,000 resort to open defecation, contaminating the Cauvery.
Also, many were unable to construct flush-out design toilets since the water table in the town is high owing to proximity of the river and irrigational canals.
The ecosan design was found rather more convenient for the Musiri region, as it involves the principle of `more ash and less water’. The night soil could be converted into compost.
The Society for Community Organisation and Peoples Education (SCOPE), a non-governmental organisation has entered into an agreement with WASTE Netherlands to construct the toilets.
While Rs. 5,000 would be spent for individual toilets, a sum of Rs. eight lakhs each would be spent for the community toilets.
Speaking after laying the foundation for one of the community toilets at Saliya Street, Tiruchi Collector K. Nanda Kishore stressed the need for protecting the Cauvery from the effluents and human soil. He sought the cooperation of the local residents to construct household toilets.
The Director, SCOPE, M. Subburaman, said individual toilets would be constructed on an outlay of Rs. 5,000 each including financial assistance of Rs.2,000 from the WASTE Netherlands, a subsidy of Rs. 600 from the DRDA under the Total Sanitation Campaign and individual’s contribution besides bank loan.
The toilets constructed on a trial basis at Kaliyampalayam village, a nearby hamlet, proved to be a success with the compost, free from foul smell, being used as an efficient bio-manure, replacing the chemical fertilisers.
The Advisor, Tiruchi District Exnora, V. Ganapathy, said adequate awareness would be created among the masses on the need to protect the Cauvery from the pollution. The second community toilet would be constructed at Parisilthurai.
The president of the Musiri special panchayat, M. Vidhya Muthukumar, and the Assistant Director of Special Panchayats, G. Pandurangan were among those who spoke.
Later, the Collector inspected the Mettu Vaikkal near the Cauvery and discussed the steps for its proper up-keep, with the officials and office bearers of service organisations.
He also gave away the vehicles to 10 women members of the Cauvery Self-Help Group marking the inauguration of the solid waste management programme in all wards in the town.

TIRUCHI: : With a view to protecting the Cauvery from the pollution caused by night soil in Musiri, a special village panchayat about 35 km from here on the banks of the river, a massive project to construct 500 eco-san compost toilets and two community toilets has been taken up with joint efforts by the District Rural Development Agency and non-governmental organisations.
This aside, a solid waste management programme with segregation of the waste at source, for making compost has also been launched.
Called the `Musiri Pilot Project’, the programme involves an outlay of Rs. 50 lakhs and will be completed by December 2006.
Musiri is criss-crossed with irrigational canals and only 2,900 out of a total 6,200 houses have domestic toilets. Fifty per cent of the total population of 38,000 resort to open defecation, contaminating the Cauvery.
Also, many were unable to construct flush-out design toilets since the water table in the town is high owing to proximity of the river and irrigational canals.
The ecosan design was found rather more convenient for the Musiri region, as it involves the principle of `more ash and less water’. The night soil could be converted into compost.
The Society for Community Organisation and Peoples Education (SCOPE), a non-governmental organisation has entered into an agreement with WASTE Netherlands to construct the toilets.
While Rs. 5,000 would be spent for individual toilets, a sum of Rs. eight lakhs each would be spent for the community toilets.
Speaking after laying the foundation for one of the community toilets at Saliya Street, Tiruchi Collector K. Nanda Kishore stressed the need for protecting the Cauvery from the effluents and human soil. He sought the cooperation of the local residents to construct household toilets.
The Director, SCOPE, M. Subburaman, said individual toilets would be constructed on an outlay of Rs. 5,000 each including financial assistance of Rs.2,000 from the WASTE Netherlands, a subsidy of Rs. 600 from the DRDA under the Total Sanitation Campaign and individual’s contribution besides bank loan.
The toilets constructed on a trial basis at Kaliyampalayam village, a nearby hamlet, proved to be a success with the compost, free from foul smell, being used as an efficient bio-manure, replacing the chemical fertilisers.
The Advisor, Tiruchi District Exnora, V. Ganapathy, said adequate awareness would be created among the masses on the need to protect the Cauvery from the pollution. The second community toilet would be constructed at Parisilthurai.
The president of the Musiri special panchayat, M. Vidhya Muthukumar, and the Assistant Director of Special Panchayats, G. Pandurangan were among those who spoke.
Later, the Collector inspected the Mettu Vaikkal near the Cauvery and discussed the steps for its proper up-keep, with the officials and office bearers of service organisations.
He also gave away the vehicles to 10 women members of the Cauvery Self-Help Group marking the inauguration of the solid waste management programme in all wards in the town.

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