19 Nov. 2012: Waste management and sanitation remains a problem in developing Asia, where millions still suffer from the fact that most towns and cities use open dumps and only about 10% of solid waste ends up in properly engineered and managed landfill sites.
New Delhi, Mar 22, 2013: As per the recent video conferencing by Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS) on 22nd March, 2013 a review of the progress made by state on Base Line Survey (BLS), Project Implementation Plan (PIP) and conversion of insanitary latrine into sanitary latrine was done.
As per the review, following are the key highlights of few states.
The world is still on track for reaching the MDG drinking water target, but the trend appears to be deteriorating. On current trends, the world will miss the sanitation target by more than half a billion people. See below (Source: WHO & UNICEF)
A recent study by the Water and Sanitation Program of the World Bank estimates that inadequate sanitation costs India the equivalent of 6.4% of its GDP. As of February 2011, 31% of rural households in India do not have toilets. A 2008 Unicef study points out that a mere 21% of rural India uses improved sanitation facilities. But sanitation is no one’s priority.