Indian NGO to help keep Kabul clean


Kabul : An Indian NGO has taken up the task of improving the Afghanistan capital’s sanitation by setting up public toilet complexes and launching an intensive campaign to create awareness among people in different parts of the country.

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Sulabh International will set up five public toilet complexes here besides other basic infrastructure with aid from the Indian government.

A 21-member delegation led by E. Yasin of the Kabul municipality was in New Delhi last week to get a first hand look at the pay and use toilet systems managed by Sulabh.

The toilet complexes are expected to be commissioned later this month. The Kabul municipality will take the responsibility for managing the toilets, a Sulabh International press release said.

Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of Sulabh International, assured the Afghan delegation of all possible technical support for the construction of public toilet complexes in different parts of Afghanistan too.

Aghanistan’s Ambassador to India Sayed Makhdoom Raheen appreciated the efforts and urged the NGO to extend more support in the reconstruction of Afghanistan.

Sulabh works to promote environmental sanitation, non-conventional sources of energy, waste management and social reforms through education in India.

The UN Centre for Human Settlements praised Sulabh’s sanitation system as a global ‘Urban Best Practice’. The Economic and Social Council of UN has granted special consultative status to Sulabh in recognition of its work.