Pause before pushing more people to ODF (open defecation free)

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Dear Prof Seshadri,
It is not that people are not using these toilets.
I am asking them not to use it , at least at vulnerable locations, which are more than 55% in the country.
The twin leach pit system is not suitable for us.
I am attaching an article titled
"CONTAMINATION OF CULTURE"
AND THREE SCHEMATIC SKETCHES FOR CONTROLLED DEFECATION.
I WOULD VERY MUCH APPRECIATE YOUR VIEWS ON THESE.
Ashok Kumar Jain Ph D
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Re: Pause before pushing more people to ODF

Dear Ashok.

We gather that there is reluctance in rural people in using toilets in villages.

At best in those sites, a different mode of OD can be done by communities.
A Controlled OD may be done at open sites having security - privacy and with open areas duly allocated for the intended use.

A similar spacial area is earmarked next to the COD site already in use, and communities alternate the uses say for 3 to 4 weeks, at each site.

When the COD site is unused, it is totally cleaned / maintained .
FS ie human sludges are removed and co-composted using bio mass and cow dung.
The compost created is used as soil enricher / manure.

When running water, power for night-lighting Etc is available, then new toilets can be built as per Govtt design at the COD sites already in use .

The COD sites on twin basis will be for use as per gender and also space allocated for specially abled citizens.

When the system is put in place, then community guided to use the toilet facilities Etc. improving the quality in living.

Well wishes.
Prof Ajit Seshadri
Prof. Ajit Seshadri, Faculty in Marine Engg. Deptt. Vels University, and
Head-Environment , VigyanVijay Foundation, Consultant (Water shed Mngmnt, WWT, WASH, others)Located at present at Chennai, India
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Re: Pause before pushing more people to ODF

AGREED 100%.

The problem is how to spread the awareness about it?
I have circulated a leaflet only last week in the areas where we have made twin leach pits toilets, under pressure from Govt machinery.
(leaflet attached)
Because it was distributed in Rural areas, it had to be in Hindi.

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Pause before pushing more people to ODF

This piece has agreement from many of people in SuSanA in conversations and informal settings. However, there is great reluctance to put these thoughts in writing.

Indians: Save Your Country — Please Do NOT Use That Toilet
A plea to continue the practice of open defecation (at the very least for rural):
medium.com/@aandolan/please-do-not-use-that-toilet-2b958fd9ff67

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