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New sanitation initiative benefitting Lubhu people Print E-mail
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Monday, 05 January 2009

ImageLalitpur: The people living in Lubhu and the vicinity areas are now happy that they have been free from the long sanitation-related problem, especially the practice of using open places as toilets. "After two years of continuous efforts made by Lubhu Infrastructure and Environmental Committee, most of the villages in the areas have been free from this serious problem," Ram Bahadur Shrestha, chairman of the of Committee, said.

Talking to journalists in Lubhu village on Friday, he said that all the people in the areas did not have the habits of using toilets. "Thanks to the efforts of the organisation, the people’s behaviours have changed," he added. A total of 152 toilets, including both general and ecological sanitary toilets, have been constructed at private households as well as public places at the initiative of the committee and UN-HABITAT.
Anil Sthapit, director of Guthi, said that bricks have been laid down in 2,000 square metres of local roads and necessary drainage system has been developed to improve the sanitation situation of the area. "Together with the toilet construction works, 19 wells have also been renovated to make available drinking water to the local people," said Sthapit. The Urban Development Division under the Ministry of Physical Planning and Works had alone provided an assistance of Rs. 1,000,000 for managing safe drinking water and improving the environmental system of the areas, he said.

ImageSimilarly, 800 students of local Mahalaxmi Secondary School have benefitted from rainwater harvesting system installed in the area with the assistance of Water Aid and UN-HABITAT. The 5,000-litre capacity system has been making available pure drinking water to the people. The water is processed through a bio-sand filter processing system. According to him, a total of 803 locals were trained to make villages free from pollution, maintain safe drainage facilities and create public health awareness campaign in the area. These people are now providing training to other people.


Source: The Rising Nepal; Nepal Samacharpatra; Gorkhapatra, January 3, 2009

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