BHAGALPUR: Nearly 50 percent of India’s population defecates in the open, with the situation particularly acute in impoverished rural areas. The effects of open defecation are serious; affecting environment, agriculture produce, human health, economic and social development. Moreover, this is also a concern for the security of women as it is the time when a woman in most vulnerable and exposed. The lack of sanitation facilities is a problem recognized across the political spectrum.
In this context, Jagran Pehel in association with Jagran Prakashan Ltd and Govt of Bihar, has set up Bihar’s first ever Bio-digester Community Toilet at Nathnagar Block in the district of Bhagalpur. It has been inaugurated on 25th March 2015 by Honorable Member of Rajya Sabha and Ex-minister, Govt of India .Jairam Ramesh, in the presence of S.M.Sharma, Chairman, Pehel-The Initiative,Anand Madhab, CEO, Jagran Pehel, Chandrasekhar Singh, Deputy Development Commissioner, Bhagalpur, district officials, PRI representatives and other distinguished personalities of Bhagalpur.
This initiative of Pehel to support the cause of making Bihar an open defecation free state has been highly appreciated. By setting up the bio-digester unit, we intend to keep cleanliness in the surroundings and also re-use energy and waste water produced in the process to provide electricity and other plantation/agricultural activities.The community toilet comprises of 4 WCs, 1 washroom and 1 wash basin for each gender. The unit has been set up in a covered premise of 50ft x 30ft to ensure safety.