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Urban Community-led Total Sanitation in New Delhi

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Read about an urban CLTS project implemented by Plan in New Delhi, India.

In 2001, families from various slums across Delhi including Nehru Place, Kalkaji and ITO were relocated to Madanpur Khadar, an area in the south-east of Delhi.
Yet, as of May 2014, the colony’s water pipelines and sewerage systems have yet to be put in place. For many years, the families here were forced to adapt to the lack of facilities. The streets were not paved and trash littered the roads. Open defecation was rampant and adherence to hygiene practices was low. Drinking water came mainly from the handpumps (and later expensive store-bought bottles) but water quality was questionable and illness widespread. There was a dire need to promote and raise awareness of these issues; and to transform their sanitation story. An urban community-led total sanitation approach was adopted in order to reach out to the entire 924 households and to anchor solutions within the community. The project was implemented by Plan’s local partner CASP.

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Date: 8 July 2014