India in rush to build toilets

India in rush to build toilets | theage.com.au

INDIA has a massive plumbing problem. More than half a billion citizens don’t have a toilet and the country needs to build 78 new ones every minute over the next four years to meet the Government’s ambitious sanitation target.

One in two Indians, or about 650 million people, defecates in the open. The untreated waste poses a serious health risk.

Last year India added about 11 million toilets, but the Government wants the rate of construction to rise considerably.

The national co-ordinator of aid agency WaterAid India, Richard Mahapatra, used official data to estimate that 40,000 new toilets a day are needed to reach the Government’s goal of making a lavatory available to every citizen by 2012.

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