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- 13 08 2001 - 21:28 - katatonik

More on <A HREF="http://mailbox.univie.ac.at/Birgit.Kellner/campcatatonia/archives/archive-07292001-08042001.htm#282">TV and toilets</A>

Villagers in some parts of Himachal Pradesh, a region in Northern India, are currently engaged in frantic toilet building activities, instigated by a campaign of the state rural development department: construction of inside lavatories is now heavily subsidized, in regions where people are generally used to squatting outside. “For once the habit of aping your neighbors has yielded dividend and the toilet construction fever has caught on in the majority of the households here,” informs Harnam Chauhan, a farmer from Pharog village, according to this source. According to Mr. Chauhan, social and hygiene messages broadcast on TV greatly assisted the sanitary cause. More and more farmers in India can afford satellite dishes, as a result of what has apparently been an agricultural boom over the past three decades. [Via WorldNewYork] – Just wondering where all the human waste will be going now. Indian rivers are on the whole not known to be the cleanest ones.

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