Sulabh builds world’s largest toilet complex पंढरपुर में बना विश्व का सबसे बड़ा शौचालय

Sulabh builds world’s largest toilet complex पंढरपुर में बना विश्व का सबसे बड़ा शौचालय

Sanitation NGO Sulabh International has built world’s largest toilet facility in Maharashtra’s temple town of Pandharpur. Madan Jha gives us all the details about the ambitious project and how Sulabh’s Founder Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak is tirelessly working to realise Prime Minister’s goal of building ‘Clean India’ and a national free from the curse of open defecation…


aharashtra’s temple town of Pandharpur, famous for the temple of Lord Vitthal and Rukmini where lakhs of devotees congregates throughout the year for religious purposes, is all set to have  world’s biggest toilet facility to cater everyday 3-lakh pilgrims who throng the place to seek blessings of the local presiding deities.

Giving a boost to the Prime Minister’s ambitious “Clean India Campaign”, sanitation pioneer Sulabh International has constructed a cluster of eight mega toilet apartments comprising 1,417 toilet units situated in the vicinity of the temple on the banks of Bhima river in Solapur district.With the opening of all eight three-storey mega toilet buildings, over 1.5 lakh persons can use toilets daily. Besides, a provision has been made to facilitate bathing of several hundred persons simultaneously.

With an aim to cater to the needs of several millions of devotees at this religious place, India’s biggest sanitation NGO has constructed all these eight big toilet complexes in the record time of less than three years. This project was financed and supported by the Maharashtra government. The man behind this concept, well-known sanitation expert and founder of Sulabh International Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak termed this project as a landmark in the world. Four buildings were operational for the last one year and now four more such structures are going to be operational ahead of the “Yatra”, one of the famous religious rituals of Maharashtra.

With the completion of all such mega toilet blocks, the ambitious project has attained the status of largest toilet facility of the world. Each of the newly built buildings consists of 282 toilet and bath compartments and provides facility of lockers as well as changing rooms for devotees who congregate daily during special religious occasions.

Pandharpur(Maharastra) - A sulabh worker cleaning  newly constructed world's biggest Toilet complex during a press review,i to boost the prime minister's Ambitious 'clean India Campaign", on wednusday 06/07/2016

Pandharpur (Maharashtra) – A Sulabh International worker cleaning newly-constructed world’s biggest toilet complex built to boost the prime minister’s ambitious ‘Clean India Campaign” on 06/07/2016

“So far, we have completed first two phases and by the end of next year there will be total 2,858 toilet blocks,” says a satisfied Dr. Pathak. He says he supported the ongoing campaign of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and believes that to make India open defection-free by 2019, funds are needed to construct nearly 12 crore toilets to realize the dream of the Prime Minister. “This is a big task, but together we can do it and non-resident Indians (NRIs) can play a pivotal role in this,” Dr. Pathak adds.

Apart from construction of toilets, Sulabh International is also leading a movement to discourage manual scavenging. Sulabh works across the country to support Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Swachh Bharat’ mission and other urban development initiatives. Under Corporate Social Responsibility, Sulabh is collaborating with a number of other public sector undertakings (PSUs) and corporate houses to build public and individual toilets across the country. Sulabh has been a pioneer in providing sanitation solutions to the poor in India.

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Madan Jha is a senior Delhi-based journalist with wide experience in Indian and international media organisations.

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