A Union Minister of India in the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Narendra Singh Tomar, and Bollywood actor, Akshay Kumar, undertook a toilet pit emptying exercise on Saturday in Reghwan village, in Khargone district of Madhya Pradesh.
The Minister and actor led a team of senior officers of State and Central government to a household in the village that has adopted a twin pit toilet model in their toilet.
They proceeded to empty the filled pit of the toilet and held up the compost found in the toilet in their hands to demonstrate that the exercise is perfectly safe and that there should be no stigma attached to it.
In his Mann Ki Baat in February 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had appreciated a similar exercise conducted in Warangal district of Telangana. He had also called upon public personalities from various walks of life to join in creating awareness about safe, “waste to wealth” toilet technology.
The Minister said that under Swachh Bharat Mission, twin pit toilet technology is the most preferred, safe and low-cost technology, promoted among all rural households.
He said that a pit in a standard twin-pit toilet fills up in roughly 5 to 6 years, and the waste may then be easily re-directed to the second pit by the members of the household.
He added that in another 6 months to 1 year, the waste in the filled pit decomposes completely, and turns into safe-to-handle compost, which is rich in NPK (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium) nutrients, which makes it ideal for use in agriculture. He heralded this as a great example of creating wealth from waste.
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