In the hilly terrain of Bhakar region, which has settlement of tribal population of Bhil, Garasia and Rabari, you can hardly find any toilet constructed till now. Few in the village will have constructed them. Fewer use them for the purpose of defecation- with no cistern, no electricity, no space and claustrophobic small space- it does not make an attractive area specially for people who in their entire lives have done it in the open. Many toilets or ‘izzat ghar’ as they are called, have actually become store houses of the house.
On this #WorldEnvironmentDay we report from the hills of Pithoragarh. A sustainable water harvesting system of ‘Naulas’ which is a lesson for the policy makers in the Himalayas. The rampant construction of Char Dham Highway is causing destruction to the ecosystem and rivers of the fragile Himalayas.
Aanchal Pundir pens down her experience of toilets while traveling various states in western India. She highlights the pathetic condition of sanitation.