Sanitation experts and even city officials themselves say there is nothing substantial behind the declaration.
The district of Kathmandu declared itself “open defecation free” on Tuesday, but across the capital city, piles of faeces await errant feet like mines, ready to explode upon contact. A walk from Jamal to Ratnapark and up the many overhead bridges should make it clear to anyone that the city of Kathmandu is anything but free of public defecation.Read more: Kathmandu has been declared open defecation free, but people are still pooping on the streets
KMC, the largest local body of the country ,has done precious little to be declared ODF zone. The Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration in the first week of July issued a circular to all local levels, including Kathmandu Metropolitan City, requesting them to expedite works to declare the country an open defecation free country by the end of September.Read more: KMC to be ODF even without enough public toilets
देशको राजधानी काठमाडौं महानगरभित्र पर्याप्त सार्वजनिक शौचालय छैनन् । भएका पनि व्यवस्थित छैनन् । शौचालय अभावमा महानगर क्षेत्रभित्र खुला शौच हुँदै आएको छ । महानगरको प्राथमिकतामा सार्वजनिक शौचालय सधैँ पर्ने गर्छ, तर अनेक बहानामा निर्माण भने हुँदैन । जसका कारण महानगरको आलोचनासमेत हुँदै आएको छ । यही अवस्थामा महानगरपालिकालाई खुला दिसामुक्त क्षेत्र घोषणा गर्ने तयारी भइरहेको छ ।Read more: ६६ जिल्ला र ६९० स्थानीय तहपछि बल्ल काठमाडौं खुला दिसामुक्त बनाइँदै
By Arpana Adhikari
Nepal will soon become a country with 100 per cent individual household toilet coverage.
Leaving behind its neighbouring country India, and some other 80 countries of the world, Nepal is gearing up to be an open defecation-free country before this Dashain. The Ministry of Water Supply has targeted to achieve the status by the end of September. To declare Nepal as an ODF country, 11 districts and its 63 local levels have accelerated works to achieve the feat, said Devendra Kumar Jha, chief of Environmental and Sanitation Section of Department of Water Supply and Sewerage and Member Secretary of National Sanitation and Hygiene Coordination Committee.Read more: Nepal set to become open defecation-free country by Dashain
August 3, 2019
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The sidewalks surrounding Ahmed Al Barak’s corner market in one of San Francisco’s roughest neighborhoods are filled with cardboard, used syringes and homeless people who have nowhere safe to go at night.But Al Barak says it’s an improvement from a year ago, before the city posted a portable toilet across the street from his business in the city’s Tenderloin district.Read more: San Francisco curbs waste with public toilets, ‘poop patrol’