New Delhi: Probably for the first time in the world, Delhi is going to witness a three-day long unique celebration on a taboo theme called “International Toilet festival” in third week of November.
The festival is being organized in the national capital to create awareness about the importance of toilet.
The highlight of the opening ceremony will be convergence of 1,000 students from six countries who will form a human chain carrying a toilet pot on their head as part of pledge for “Toilet for All by 2019” to mark the momentous occasion in line with Narendra Modi government’s ‘Swachch Bharat’ campaign.
The idea of organising this unique event was conceived by well-known sanitation expert and founder of Sulabh International Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak who pioneered toilet revolution in India for the last 40 years.
To draw the attention of masses, Sulabh on various occasions has made unstinted efforts to create a buzz to break this taboo subject on the eve of World Toilet Day.
Sulabh had been organised an International level “World Toilet Summit” a few years ago in Delhi. Even last year, a 250 kg toilet pot shaped cake was prepared on the occasion of World Toilet Day in Delhi.
To give further boost to this subject, foundation of first degree level college on sanitation will also be laid in the national capital.
During the festival, the world’s biggest Toilet Pot will be dedicated to Sulabh International Museum of Toilets in South West Delhi.
Apart from series of theme based programmes, sporting events, fashion shows, talk shows, seminars and cultural shows, awareness campaigns have been planned at common places like Metro stations, CP, India Gate, Kutub Minar, Delhi Haat and Pragati Maidan to create awareness about the importance of toilet.
Around 2000 people associated with Sanitation sector will take part in this festival during three days (November 18-20, 2014).
1,000 white balloons will be released on the occasion carrying the message of “Toilet for All”.
Another attraction of this festival will be flagging off of “Sulabh Toilet Rath” displaying replica which will travel across the country to propagate the message relating to importance of toilet.
Series of activities will also be organised in a village in Haryana. On this occasion Hirmithila village in Mewat, Haryana will be declared as “First Sanitation Model Village” of India with 100 per cent sanitation coverage. This village will get “Village Toilet Award”.
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