16 Aug 2023

Sulabh Founder Bindeshwar Pathak Had Said This About Smart City

Renowned social activist and founder of Sulabh International, Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak passed away on Tuesday in AIIMS, Delhi. RC Jha, Senior Vice President of Sulabh International, has confirmed his death.

President Droupadi Murmu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have condoled the death of Bindeshwar Pathak.

Bindeshwar Pathak completed his college studies in 1968. He worked as a teacher for sometime. Then joined the Bihar Gandhi Centenary Celebrations Committee as an activist.

Established Sulabh International in 1970

Here he started working in the Bhangi Mukti (freedom of manual scavengers) cell. It was here that he learned about the problems of manual scavengers. After this he established Sulabh International in 1970.

Under this, he took the initiative to build public toilets at a low cost.

It was only when he founded Sulabh International in 1970 that he saw the practice of open defecation and the need to replace unhygienic public toilets with clean toilets.

A social service group called Sulabh International uses education to advance human rights, environmental sanitation, waste management, and reforms.

Sulabh toilet transformed sanitation procedures 

Pathak established Sulabh International with the goal of eradicating open defecation and filthy public restrooms. The organization’s innovative work resulted in the creation of the ground-breaking Sulabh toilet, a low-cost, environmentally friendly solution that has transformed sanitation practices all across the country. Sulabh toilet transformed sanitation procedures and gave millions of people access to hygienic and respectable restrooms.

First build toilets and then smart cities

Bindeshwar Pathak, who brought toilet revolution in India, had said on the smart city plan that the government should first build toilets and then smart cities if there is money left.

He said, "Who would not want to live in a city where all the facilities are there, the smart city plan is very good. Cities must become beautiful. Should. What objection can anyone have in this.

"But if you look at the other side of this, crores of houses in our country do not even have pucca toilets. I would say that first toilets should be made in all the houses and then smart cities should be built if there is money left. Development of cities is a good thing, but the villages also need to be given equal attention and they should also be made clean."

Trees should not be cut

Bindeshwar Pathak had said, "If we talk about smart city, then it has its own advantages and disadvantages. The disadvantage is that the more the city develops, the more trees will be cut, for 24 hours electricity will have to resort to nuclear energy, which has its own dangers. But the good thing is that who would not like a beautiful city but its effects also cannot be ignored."

"It should be emphasized that trees should not be cut during construction, so that the environmental balance is maintained. But the big picture is that there are already smart cities in many countries of the world, so if it is built in India, then it is called a good initiative. Will go."

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