Tag Archives: Construction and Maintenance

This ‘Chatting Toilet’ is now the rage

They called it the Mahila Gappa Shauchalaya. Which roughly translates as the ‘women’s chatting toilet’. It was an instant success when the model was put up. It offered a safe and healthy experience to women. They could talk to each other as they went about their business. And there was fresh air.

The village is Deolgaon Mali. In Mehkar tehsil. The district is Buldhana in the bowels of rural Vidarbha, of eastern Maharashtra.

It began about three years ago with a regular tussle that the villagers had with the BDO for they refused to offer the money for a community toilet. Continue reading

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No toilets, no school

In thousands of villages across the country, girls commonly avoid school because of the absence of toilets. Women have to wake up well before dawn to defecate. Men can do their business just about anywhere. Public toilets and the personal sensitive nature of excretion is not something that has got enough attention from architects or any kind of planners.

(Pic: Savita Hiremath)

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