The world is growing faster and better with new innovation and technology holding hand with human race. Several institutes nationally and internationally creating and building and shaping the future of the nation. They have invented many low-cost yet effective machines and technologies that help rural world equally attain a sustainable and better life.
Likewise NB Institute of Rural Technology headed by solar power expert S.P Gon Chaudhuri has come up with an innovative low cost hand washing device for the remote rural areas like the Sunderbans where there are no hand washing facility in the makeshift toilets. The device could be set up locally for only Rs 150.
Gon Chaudhuri, who has come up with the technology said that the design could be very easily fabricated by rural artisans. "We have developed this cheap hand wash device which does not require any water supply. It is a first of its kind simple but innovative technology and the device will be installed in many villages of Sundarban by various NGOs," he said.
Four bamboos are used to build the structure of the device. A jar of two to three litres with a hole on its top is hanged with a nylon rope between the structures. At the end of the nylon rope, there is a place to press with one’s foot on a bamboo flap. The moment the flap is pressed, water comes out from the jar. For this the two hands remain absolutely free and thus one could adopt the hygienic practise of washing hands with soap properly. "The technology is available with NBIRT and training programme to women, unemployed youths and local NGOs would be given free of cost," Gon Chaudhuri said.
Gon Chaudhuri said that they came up with the idea as in the country, there are many remote rural areas where there is no facility for hand washing after the use of toilets and in many cases there are even no makeshift toilets in the huts. According to the Public Health Foundation of India, the number of people affected for unhygienic living conditions is higher than the loss of human potential due to HIV or AIDS.