Shit happens,it matters and is a serious business! – Sanitation experience from Kumbh Mela

I posted something that started witht he same words, but was entirely different in content. This post tackles shit literally and very analytically in the context of the Kumbh. If there is no dignity when you go to experience God, what hope do we have?

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It is a very essential subject but a most people feel repulsive about. It is our own solid waste/feces and liquid refuse/urine, especially in a country like India with a high population density. I have been working on water and sanitation for over 5 years now. But I have  never had such close quarter encounter with sanitation, its management and issues like I did at Kumbh Mela.

Think about 30 million people visiting a place as small as 58.3 Km2 on few auspicious days. And a floating population of 2-3 million people on a daily basis. This for a period of not few days but 2 months. In such situation to ensure proper sanitation and maintaining the environment becomes very critical for the health of pilgrims and smooth running of the Mela. During my time at the Mela ( 7 days ), I rode through the all the sectors looking at varied facilities…

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About ramblinginthecity

I am an architect and urban planner, a writer and an aspiring artist. I love expressing myself and feel strongly that cities should have spaces for everyone--rich, poor, young, old, healthy and sick, happy or depressed--we all need to work towards making our cities liveable and lovable communities.

Posted on March 7, 2013, in Urban Planning & Policy and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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