In UP’s Race To Be Free Of Open Defecation, Enthusiasm For Toilets Evident–As Are Fudged Data

  An elderly woman standing outside her half-constructed toilet at Bhagwan Pur, Mohan Gunj, Lucknow. The village was declared open defecation-free in June 2018. Our investigations reveal that even as toilet usage and awareness has grown in Uttar Pradesh, the race to declare districts open defecation-free has led to inflated official figures and shoddy toilet …Read More

Despite PM’s 100% Electrification Claim, 15 Million Households–Equivalent To All Households In South Korea–Without Power

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    Chitrakoot (Uttar Pradesh): An electricity meter hangs on the mud wall of Deenbandhu’s house in Goiya Khurd village in Uttar Pradesh’s Chitrakoot, one of the most backward districts of India.   Similar meters are installed at many houses in Goiya Khurd, but none connected to the grid. Electricity poles have not yet reached …Read More

Every Indian To Have Toilet In Next 365 Days: Official Data. Under The Surface, A Crisis

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  Mumbai’s Mahim creek, coloured black with untreated sewage and industrial effluent. The city treats less than half its sewage–one of India’s best rates–and the Maharashtra government has declared Mumbai free of open defecation, which, however, continues   Mumbai and New Delhi: As many as 62,329 toilets were built every day over the last four …Read More