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Islands of success : towards water, sanitation and hygiene services for everyone, forever in Patharpratima and Sagar blocks, West Bengal, India

Sagar is an island located at the mouth of the river Ganges, where it meets the Bay of Bengal. Every January about half a million pilgrims visit the island to worship the holy Ganges. The hundreds of mobile toilet units left standing on the empty festival terrain throughout the remainder of the year reflect the island authority’s efforts to ensure that the pilgrims’ stay is as comfortable, hygienic and safe as possible. The authorities also provide for the sanitation needs of the islands’ 200,000 permanent inhabitants.

Together with the non-government organisation (NGO) Water For People, and other partners, the government aims to achieve full coverage of sanitation and water supply in the next few years. Together, they want to make sure that the services last forever.

This report assesses how Water For People and the government is faring in meeting their goals to deliver lasting sanitation and water supply services in Sagar and its neighbouring block, Patharpratima. [authors abstract]

TitleIslands of success : towards water, sanitation and hygiene services for everyone, forever in Patharpratima and Sagar blocks, West Bengal, India
Publication TypeWorking Paper
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsSmits, S., Baby, V. K.
Secondary TitleTriple-S – Working Paper
Volume5
Pagination52 p.; 8 tab.; 5 fig.; 7 photographs
Date Published2013-10-01
PublisherIRC
Place PublishedThe Hague, The Netherlands
Keywordsindia west bengal patharpratima, india west bengal sagar, public toilets, water, sanitation and hygiene [WASH]
Abstract

Sagar is an island located at the mouth of the river Ganges, where it meets the Bay of Bengal. Every January about half a million pilgrims visit the island to worship the holy Ganges. The hundreds of mobile toilet units left standing on the empty festival terrain throughout the remainder of the year reflect the island authority’s efforts to ensure that the pilgrims’ stay is as comfortable, hygienic and safe as possible. The authorities also provide for the sanitation needs of the islands’ 200,000 permanent inhabitants.

Together with the non-government organisation (NGO) Water For People, and other partners, the government aims to achieve full coverage of sanitation and water supply in the next few years. Together, they want to make sure that the services last forever.

This report assesses how Water For People and the government is faring in meeting their goals to deliver lasting sanitation and water supply services in Sagar and its neighbouring block, Patharpratima. [authors abstract]

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