CANDOLIM: Pointing out that sanitation is being neglected on beaches and people defecate in the open, Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza has said that dry san hygienic toilet, a waterless system, can put an end to open defecation especially in rural areas. He also said that mining has caused damage to nature and steps are being taken to avoid further destruction.
D’Souza was speaking as chief guest at the conference on ‘Sustainable living in cities’ organised recently by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) Goa chapter in Candolim.
The speakers stressed the need to put garbage to best use by creating awareness among citizens on segregation besides providing hygienic toilets in rural areas so that people do not defecate in the open, putting waste water to best use by not putting pressure on natural water and safeguarding rivers, creeks, and storm water drains etc. D’Souza said that he has travelled widely and noticed that Sweden is a country which has an excellent record of disposing garbage.
Professor at Industrial Design Centre (IDC) IIT Mumbai Kishor Munshi said that sanitation is a basic need in rural areas as most of the children defecate in the open. He said that the dry san hygienic toilets are waterless systems where waste does not have to be flushed away. He said that the project has been developed for rural India targeting mainly the farming community, since there is a scarcity of water in many rural areas.
Former councillor of Corporation of City of Panaji (CCP) Patricia Pinto said that people need to be honest and manage the waste they generate. She said that the garbage now is dumped without segregation creating problems for the municipality. Chairman of Indian Institute of Architects Goa Manguesh Prabhugaonkar spoke on the significance of storm water management and water bodies in cities.
Jan Olof Drangert emeritus associate professor, department of water and environment studies Linkoping University, Sweden spoke on waste water which can be recycled and used in the garden. Earlier in the day, IGBC Goa chapter chairman Amar Britto welcomed the gathering while its vice chairman Bharat Kamat proposed the vote of thanks.