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ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY: Meena Kannan, Councillor of the eighth ward, along with SHG members at the East Devadhanam sanitation park.
ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY: Meena Kannan, Councillor of the eighth ward, along with SHG members at the East Devadhanam sanitation park.

Special Correspondent

TIRUCHI: A community toilet in the city has come out with compact programme for generation and utilisation of clean energy, aimed at tapping non-conventional resources. The programme is sure to benefit people who strain their nerves in the absence of LPG cylinders.

The Exnora women self-help group maintained decentralised waste water treatment system (DEWATS) and the community toilet of the Corporation at East Devadhanam. The DEWATS was the first of its kind in a corporation in the State. The DEWATS is the localised, low cost and environment-friendly alternative to centralised waste water disposal systems which entailed huge investment.

Different organisations celebrated the World Toilet Week near the above East Devadhanam community toilet on Tuesday. On the occasion, the members of the Exnora women SHG prepared sweet and soup in the common kitchen using the biogas fuel generated from the community toilet, and distributed to the public.

The Corporation Councillor, Meena Kannan, who was the chief guest, congratulated the SHG members for the manner in which they maintained the DEWATS and the community toilet and for popularising the use of biogas an alternative fuel and renewable energy source.

The Programme Officer, Gramalaya NGO, Rajasulochana, the Director, Society for Community Organization and People's Education (SCOPE) NGO, M. Subburaman, Headminstress of the Corporation Primary School, Rathnammal, spoke.

Trees were planted in the adjacent farm irrigated by the Treated water from the Community toilet by the DEWATS system, established by the Exnora International at a cost of Rs. 8.5 lakhs, said the coordinator of the District Exnora, V. Ganapathy. The ward councillor commended the teachers of the Corporation school for making useful teaching aids under the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan scheme.

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