Emami plans to build green bio-toilet facilities in rural areas across four states -West Bengal, Orissa, Assam and Uttarakhad. A total budget of Rs.15 crores has been earmarked for the project. Out of this, Rs.5 crore for West Bengal, Rs. 4 crore each for Orissa and Assam and Rs. 2 crore for Uttarakhand have been allocated.
Under this project, bio-toilets developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) will be built in rural and backward areas of the four states. Bio-toilets are cheap, eco-friendly sewerage where bacteria convert waste to odourless compost. They can also be used in extreme climates.
“The prevailing abysmal standard of sanitation and waste management in India, especially in rural areas, poses a major health hazard. As a responsible corporate citizen, we have decided to build bio-green toilets in rural areas across four states, where we operate. Conventional sewerage treatment plants, requiring uninterrupted electricity supply, is an expensive proposition for rural communities and the widely used alternative of pit-based sanitation that compost human waste is a labour-intensive option resulting in transmission of diseases and other problems. Hence we feel that bio-toilets are the perfect way to bring about a clean revolution in rural India,” said Sushil Goenka, Managing Director, Emami Limited.
To this effect, Emami also plans to launch an awareness campaign to sanitize people both in the rural and urban areas on the importance and need to maintain good hygiene, cleanliness and sanitation.
Goenka further added, “We believe only construction of toilets is not enough to bring change. It has to be a holistic approach through behavioural change communication programme along with acceleration of sanitation through construction of toilets. Hence, we will launch an awareness campaign initially in West Bengal in the first phase. Next we plan to expand its reach to the adjacent areas of all our manufacturing units finally rounding it up with Pan India coverage.”