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Handover Ceremony of the Faecal Sludge Treatment Plant, Devanahalli

This World Toilet Day CDD Society officially hand over operations and maintenance of the plant to the Town Municipal Council, Devanahalli.

If there’s one town that had much to celebrate this (and last) World Toilet Day, it is Devanahalli (located near Bangalore, Karnataka) in India. Last year, the town marked the day by inaugurating its first-ever Faecal Sludge Treatment Plant (FSTP) that can treat daily 6m3 faecal sludge generated by its 28,000 inhabitants. This year, the town officially took over operations and maintenance of the plant, which till date were being run by CDD Society.

It was a momentous occasion to celebrate. Over half a million litres of faecal sludge have been treated by the FSTP in the past year. Prior to this, the town’s faecal sludge was finding its way to open drains, storm water drains, farmlands and fallow lands, endangering lives coming in contact with the polluted water and soil. Moreover, it is the first-of-its-kind FSTP implemented at town scale in India. Infact, Devanahali is also the first town in India to pass policy resolutions in a bid to ensure that the plant continues to run successfully.