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BMC to give sewerage access to Mumbai slumdwellers

Dharavi-slum-in-Mumbai-001Every slum hutment to be allowed to have its own toilet, something that was illegal till now.

The BMC’s decision intends to link 60 lakh slumdwellers, with no access to sanitation, to the city’s sewerage network; eliminate open defecation.

The BMC has issued orders to allow the residents of the city’s 740 slums to construct toilets in their homes, an undertaking that would, until recently, attract punitive action from the civic body. The project, intended to eliminate, or at the very least contain the need for open defecation in the city’s shantytowns, holds enormous public health implications for Mumbai, given that it intends to link over 60 lakh people living in the city’s slums, with no access to sanitation, to its sewerage network.

Sources in the BMC said its solid waste department “began to issue permits for residents of slums to construct toilets a month ago”. The deputy municipal commissioner of that division, Prakash Patil, told Mumbai Mirror

‘This will make the city a healthier place to live in’

“All that a slum dweller needs to construct a toilet in his tenement is a water connection.” According to a timeline drawn up by the department, if the project proceeds as planned, “most of those people who live in the city’s slums should have a toilet at home in the next couple of years”. Over 12 lakh families live in the city’s slums; less than 2 per cent of which are linked to Mumbai’ sewerage network


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