Improving water-hygiene-sanitation in India remains central to improving
the standards of living in both rural and urban areas, especially among
the poor. This impelled the Government of India to launch the Swachh
Bharat Mission (SBM) to address the crisis of sanitation in its widest
sense: ensuring overall cleanliness, hygienic behaviour, availability of
water and toilets as well as their regular use.
This mission constitutes a huge challenge of resources, hygiene,
sustainability and technology, for example how to make 112 million
toilets by 2019 at an estimated cost of about INR 1,960 billion. Such
formidable tasks will require the participation and engagement of a wide
range of players from different spheres. The India WASH Summit was
therefore held in February 2015 and brought together a plethora of
organisations and experts working on WASH to debate, deliberate and
arrive at a concrete set of recommendations and commitments, which are
summarised in this briefing.
Water Aid India. Solutions for Swachh Bharat : Report on the India WASH Summit. Water Aid India, New Delhi, India (2015) 72 pp.
Solutions for Swachh Bharat : Report on the India WASH Summit