The community toilet was inaugurated by Congress Rajya Sabha MP Jairam Ramesh on March 25 in the presence of SM Sharma, Chairman, Pehel-The Initiative and Anand Madhab, CEO, Jagran Pehel among others.

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,'' Madhab said in a statement.

The community toilet comprises 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.

Madhab said FRP Bio-digester installed in the community toilet was approved by DRDO and also used in Indian Railways.

Proper ventilation is also provided in each toilet to eliminate foul smell, while the roof is tapered to avoid accumulation of rain water, he added.

''We at Jagran Pehel are committed towards addressing the critical issue of open defecation, and assure our continual efforts in improving the current scenario and gradually make the nation open defection free through awareness generation and constriction of several such toilets,'' he said.

According to a report, 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.

In the face of lack of sanitation facilities that were recognised across the political spectrum, the efforts of Jagran Pehal of setting up the Bio-digester Sanitary Complex would give much needed relief and security to women who are most vulnerable and exposed during defecation in open.

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