London: After providing low-cost sanitation in India and several countries, prominent Indian NGO Sulabh International will soon expand to 50 more developing countries and offer its toilet model to western countries as well.
    
Sulabh Shauchalaya founder Bindeshwar Pathak last night told a meeting of European leaders and business representatives in Le Havre, France, that future expansion of his organisation will be in pursuit of UN's millennium development goal (MDG) of sanitation.
    
Called the Positive and Responsible Economy Forum, the event was titled the 'LH Forum', organised in partnership with the French newspaper Le Monde.
    
A film on Sulabh's activities by French filmmaker Catherine Berthillier was also shown at the event.
    
Two liberated women scavengers from Rajasthan, Dolly Parvana and Laxmi Nanda, narrated their experiences to the gathering, a spokesperson for Pathak told.
    
The two-day event was also addressed by French President Francois Hollande.
    
Pathak said: "My future course will be to propagate the idea of sanitation throughout the world especially in the three continents of Africa, Asia and Latin America and this will be helpful in achieving the Millennium Development Goal."
    
Favouring the Sulabh Sauchalaya model for western countries, he added: "In western countries they had sewerage system in which construction and maintenance are very expensive and requires enormous quantity of water to flush and also pollutes the atmosphere.
    
"There are many causes of global warming in which gases generated from the human waste is discharged into the atmosphere."  
    
The spokesman said Sulabh had constructed public toilets in Afghanistan, South Africa, China, Bhutan, Nepal, Laos, Ethiopia and 10 other countries of Africa.
    
The next phase of expansion will be in 50 more developing countries, he said.
    
Pathak said: "Sulabh also want to set up the first University of Sanitation in India. My other step will be to publish the 'Encyclopaedia of Sanitation'".
    
Pathak is credited with developing a simple twin pit, pour-flush toilet system used in more than 1.2 million residences and buildings.

(Agencies)

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