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“Take to ecological sanitation models”

Posted by musiri on February 5, 2009

M. Subburaman, Director, SCOPE, explaining features of a ecosan toilet model to Collector T. Soundiah in Tiruchi on Wednesday.

M. Subburaman, Director, SCOPE, explaining features of a ecosan toilet model to Collector T. Soundiah in Tiruchi on Wednesday.

TIRUCHI: Town panchayats and other urban local bodies should take to ecological sanitation models in a big way to overcome their problems in solid and liquid waste management, said T. Soundiah, Collector, here on Wednesday.
Local bodies should support the ventures taken up voluntary organisations, such as the Ecosan community and household toilets promoted by SCOPE at Musiri in Tiruchi district.
Executive Officers of the town panchayats and administrative heads of other local bodies should visit Musiri for gaining first hand knowledge about the Ecosan model, he said inaugurating a State level workshop on Ecological Sanitation organised by SCOPE (Society for Community Organisation and Peoples Education).
Mr. Soundiah pointed out that many local bodies were finding it increasingly difficult to dispose their wastes, be it solid or liquid wastes. The expenditure incurred for this was also increasing. Governmental efforts alone would not be enough in tackling the problem and NGOs have a vital supportive role to play. Low cost ecological sanitation models could be an effective alternative. The Ecosan toilet models promoted by SCOPE should be extended to the 17 town panchayats and all other local bodies to cover the district, he said.
M. Subburaman, Director, SCOPE, said Ecological Sanitation was an integrated and holistic approach towards handling human waste. The toilets segregate urine and the excreta, so that they can be used separately as fertilizer/manure. So far, over 10,000 Ecosan toilets have been constructed across the country and the UNICEF is sponsoring training programmes on the concept in eight States.
V. Ganapathy, Liason Officer, SCOPE, said the organisation has so far built over 1,000 Ecosan toilets in Musiri in Tiruchi district and at Kameshwaram in Nagapattinam.
The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University has completed a two-year research project on using urine as a liquid fertilizer for paddy crop and the results were expected by March.
Paul Calvert of Eco Solutions, Thiruvanathapuram, M.M.Mustafa, Director, National Research Centre on Banana, Prakash Kumar, Ecosan Consultant, Mangalathammal, a pioneer in adopting Ecosan toilets, V. Thiruvengadam, Assistant Director, Town Panchayats, and others spoke.
Executive Officers from various town panchayats and officers from other local bodies were attending the two-day workshop.
SOURCE : THE HINDU

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