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More toilets posing greater challenges of untreated sewage

IANS  |  Mumbai 

With eight crore toilets built in since 2014, a new challenge in the form of untreated confronts India, with the problems expected to surmount in coming years, officials said at the World Summit, here on Monday.

As per a latest data, 70 per cent of urban India's goes untreated into rivers and seas, posing risks and by 2030, when 50 per cent of India's population will live in cities, the increased amount of human and safe treatment would be an enormous challenge.

Experts speaking at the summit, held to mark the Day observed worldwide on November 19, said even globally, 57 per cent of the waste is not contained, transported or treated safely.

This year, the day specifically emphasized the importance of toilets and systems harmonious with the by ensuring availability and of water and for all.

In this context, last year, created a policy on faecal sludge and septage management (FSSM) for safe storage, collection, transport and treatment of human waste, which states started adopting, said Sakshi Gudwani, Specialist of the Bill and

Besides, cities like Warangal (Telangana), Sinnar (Maharashtra) and Bhubaneswar (Odisha) have deployed cost-effective and sustainable FSSM solutions, which others need to catch up on.

With technology expected to play a crucial role in this, there are existing and new technologies with potential to reduce burden and treat it scientifically as per international standards, according to Sampath Kumar, Managing Director,

Some states and cities have built Faecal Sludge Treatment Plants (FSTPs) like Wai (Maharashtra), Warangal (Telangana) and Narsapur (Andhra Pradesh), Devanahalli (Karnataka) and another at (Jammu & Kashmir) at an altitude of 11,400 feet.

Another of Ankur Scientific can process waste, kill pathogens and convert the resulting materials into like clean water, or fertilizers, besides providing new revenue streams.

Ankur Scientific's said a project will come up by next year in (Gujarat) for proving the technical, commercial viabilities and mass adoption to improving outcomes in



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First Published: Mon, November 19 2018. 19:24 IST