Visitors to India see many faces of urban poverty but find the sheer absence of sanitation perhaps the most striking, more so in urban India. And the numbers are frightening. Some 31 million urban households (including slums) have inadequate sanitation facilities across the country.
The Government has attempted to correct this. It launched the National Urban Sanitation Policy (NUSP) in October 2008 with the stated objective of ensuring that “Indian towns and cities become totally sanitised, healthy and liveable… with a special focus on hygienic and affordable sanitation facilities for the urban poor and women”. The NUSP is run by the Ministry of Urban Development. Read more