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    Courtesy: APEC Nemani Chandrasekhar Nov 29 07:33PM +0530   Asia s first waterless toilet opensP. SUJATHA VARMA SHARE ·
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      Nemani Chandrasekhar <chandrasekharnemani@...> Nov 29 07:33PM +0530  

      Asia's first waterless toilet opensP. SUJATHA VARMA
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      People of Regullanka village set a precedence in personal hygiene, general
      cleanliness with ECOSAN toilet
       
      The Hindu, November 29,
      2012<http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-in-school/asias-first-waterless-toilet-opens/article4144666.ece>
      [image: Eco-friendly:Secretary of Arthika Samata Mandal, Nau Gora, showing
      the compost procured from the cement chamber after opening of the toilet
      vault, at Regullanka village of Avanigadda mandal in Krishna district on
      Tuesday. —PHOTO: V. RAJU]
      Eco-friendly:Secretary of Arthika Samata Mandal, Nau Gora, showing the
      compost procured from the cement chamber after opening of the toilet vault,
      at Regullanka village of Avanigadda mandal in Krishna district on Tuesday.
      —PHOTO: V. RAJU
       
      Regullanka, a sleepy village nestled in the flood-prone island mandal of
      Avanigadda in Krishna district, has earned a rare distinction. For the
      first time in Asia, residents of the entire village have embraced an
      innovative, eco-friendly, waterless toilet – the ECOSAN toilet.
       
      The village situated on the banks of River Krishna achieved a new level of
      personal hygiene and general cleanliness with an ECOSAN toilet.
       
      Vijayawada-based NGO Arthik Samata Mandal (ASM) implemented this project to
      save the local women folk of the hardship of trekking a long distance to
      reach village outskirts to answer nature's call. The project is sponsored
      by Switzerland-based Terre des Hommes (TDH).
       
      "It took a long time to persuade the villagers and secure their nod for
      construction of the toilets with a promise that they will make use of
      them," said ASM secretary Nau Gora.
       
      "Hundred and odd families of Regullanka and its surrounding areas have a
      shallow water table and villagers often face water scarcity. The ECOSAN
      toilets are a safe bet for this region," says Ms. Gora. It's like killing
      two birds in one shot.
       
      The excreta which is stored in a concrete chamber for six months and
      allowed to convert into compost, was being diverted to the fields as
      fertilizers, said Willy Bergogne, India Country Representative, of TDH.
       
      He said that Regullanka had stood in the first in Asia to have implemented
      this project in the entire village.
       
      Surrounded by a team of local officials, villagers and representatives of
      many other organisations, Mr. Bergogne and others opened the first ECOSAN
      toilet vault.
       
      The near 100 kg of compost procured by breaking open the chamber was thin
      odourless powder. "Use this as manure in the farm and the difference will
      reflect in the output," said Mr. Bergogne.
       
      J. Satyapal Reddy, Superintending Engineer, RWS, Krishna district,
      complimented the ASM and the TDH for their achievement. Similar efforts by
      the government had failed to convince villagers in the past, he said.
       
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      *Vijayawada-based NGO Arthik Samata Mandal has implemented the project*
       
      *It took a long time to persuade villagers and secure their nod for ECOSAN
      toilet, says ASM secretary*
       
      *Body waste that is stored in a concrete chamber for six months and allowed
      to convert into compost is diverted to fields as fertilizer*
       
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