March 31, 2020
In western Odisha, the delivery of 800 solar lanterns and sanitation facilities unlocks opportunities for locals
The Swachh Bharat Mission selected eight villages in the eastern part of the Indian state of Odisha to have safe sanitation systems installed. Financial Inclusion Improves Sanitation & Health (FINISH) Society, a well-known NGO involved in sanitation, hygiene and solid liquid waste management practices in India, provided technical assistance to build over 800 toilets and bathrooms and provide piped water.
In order to make it a sustainable practice, water pipelines and overhead water tanks have also been erected to link the households, toilets and kitchens.
From interviews with villagers it came out how only one village, Badagarh, gets power supply directly from the Odisha Power Generation Corporation (OGPC), while the remaining seven are served by the less reliable Odisha State Electricity Board (OSEB).
Once the sun sets, due to low-voltage power supply, bulbs and other appliances stop working. All seven villages are forced to depend on an unstable power supply, meaning that villagers can go without light for three to four hours a day.