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Toilets

Some 450 million people live in the Ganga River Basin, many of whom have no sanitary facilities. This is not only embarrassing, but also presents a security threat to women and girls in particular, and contributes to girl children dropping out of basic schooling due to lack of toilets. At the same time, populations are forced to use the Ganga as a toilet out of necessity, fouling Her waters and potentially spreading disease.

 

What GAP is Doing:

  • Working hand-in-hand with local populations, Ganga Action Parivar is working to provide thousands of zero-waste, “bio-digester” toilets in villages and other locations throughout the Ganga River Basin.
  • These toilets will not only help keep our National River clean, but will provide safe and healthy fertilizer for organic crops, water for irrigation and methane gas that can power entire villages.
  • Educating the public about the importance of eco-friendly sanitation through GAP’s Education on Wheels Program as well as bio-digester-related village empowerment and environmental leadership programs for women and girls

Timeline:

11-13 March, 2013

In a truly historic agreement, the Ministries of Water Resources and Environment with the mediation of Pujya Swamiji agreed to construct canals on both sides of the Yamuna, which will carry sewage to treatment plants instead of allowing sewage to flow in Yamuna’s riverbed. The treated grey water will be diverted for agricultural usage. A committee has been established to oversee this construction, and the project is expected to be laid out in the next two months and completed in a fast-track manner. To read more about this truly historical first step, click here.

26 February, 2013

The Hon’ble Minister of Irrigation of Uttar Pradesh Shri Shivpal Singhji came to the Ganga Action Parivar camp in the Kumbh Mela. Upon seeing several inspiring films on the urgent need for proper sanitation and the “greening” of the Ganga Basin and detailed discussions with Pujya Swamiji, Shri Singhji pledged to construct in Uttar Pradesh bio-digester toilets along the banks of Ganga and Yamuna. To read more about this momentous event, click here.

26 February, 2013

At the end of the Kumbh, famous Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi pledged to construct the first two toilet complexes being built in partnership between DRDO, FICCI and GAP. A special puja, yagna and ceremonial bhoomi puja were performed to bless the first bricks which will be going into these structures. One toilet block will be built in Allahabad, and one in the sacred teerth area of Badrinath. To read more about this event, click here.

18 December, 2012

After a two-day conference dedicated to turning our pilgrimage areas into “green” pilgrimage areas, a meeting was held in Rishikesh under the leadership of the Hon’ble Minister of Urban Development Shri Pritam Panwar Singhji and Pujya Swamiji to plan how to develop Swargashram, Rishikesh into a pilot model of a clean and green city, setting an example for the state and the nation of a Green Pilgrimage site. This plan will include building eco-friendly bio-toilets, as well as planting trees, managing trash, providing clean drinking water, and much more.

3 November, 2012

At a historic event dedicated to Environmental Preservation for World Peace in honor of Pujya Swamij’s 60th Jayanti (birthday), which brought together a vast number of interfaith spiritual leaders, political leaders, dignitaries, industrialists and celebrities, the official MOU was signed between DRDO, FICCI and Ganga Action Parivar as part of the Clean Ganga Initiative to bring thousands of bio-toilets to the banks of Mother Ganga. To read more about this ground-breaking event, click here.

15 October, 2012

The first eco-friendly, DRDO-developed bio-digester toilet block was inaugurated at Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh in the presence of esteemed government leaders including the Hon’ble Governor of Uttarakhand Dr. Aziz Qureshiji, scientists and sevaks. This toilet block is the first of a project to bring proper sanitation to villages and cities throughout the Ganga Basin through the cooperation and hard work of DRDO, FICCI and GAP. In the first stage alone, 5000 toilet blocks will be built hand-in-hand along the banks of Ganga in Uttarakhand. To read more about this historic event, click here!

 

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