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INDIA GOVERNANCE REPORT

CASE STUDY

Sanitation Does Not End With Flushing A Toilet. A Tamil Nadu Town Shows How To Complete The Sanitation Cycle

Access to toilets is much publicised by Swachh Bharat Mission, but sanitation also requires safe containment, conveyance, treatment and disposal of toilet waste. Over 47% of urban India is outside the underground sewerage network, and hazardously discharges toilet waste into undesignated areas. Karunguzhi in Tamil Nadu was one such town, until it built a Faecal Sludge Treatment Plant (FSTP) in 2017 to treat its toilet waste. We report from Karunguzhi how towns and areas not connected with the sewage system can nevertheless complete the circle of sanitation.


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SPOTLIGHT
How Climate-Change Refugees From Sundarbans Are Faring In Bangalore

India’s Sundarbans area features on the list of UNESCO’s 209 natural heritage sites of the world for supporting “an exceptional level of biodiversity in its terrestrial, marine and aquatic habitats.” In the last 40 years, the Sundarbans has lost 220 sq km of land area--nearly the size of Kolkata--to the sea. As the rising sea engulfs entire islands, residents are migrating en masse, in the absence of adaptation strategies and long-term planning by the government. Our ground report from the Sundarbans and the slums of Bengaluru, over 2,000 km away that some of these migrants now call home.


DATA FIX

Source: Climate Action Tracker



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