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«Dalamati» sensibiliser les populations à la gestion des eaux usées

Guthi, a member of FAN in Nepal in partnership with High Powered Committee for Integrated Development of the Bagmati Civilization/ Government of Nepal, National Trust for Nature Conservation, and Environment and Public Health Organization has produced a tele-serial "Dhalamati" with support of UN Habitat to sensitize people on faecal sludge management and promote septic tank at household level.

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Guthi, a member of FAN in Nepal in partnership with High Powered Committee for Integrated Development of the Bagmati Civilization/ Government of Nepal, National Trust for Nature Conservation, and Environment and Public Health Organization has produced a tele-serial "Dhalamati" with support of UN Habitat to sensitize people on faecal sludge management and promote septic tank at household level.

The tele-serial, directed by MaHa Sanchar, was premiered in Lalipur on 26 November, 2010 amid a programme organized to mark the World Hand Washing Day 2010 and the World Toilet Day 2010 in Nepal.

The Premier Show was inaugurated by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Physical Planning and Works Mr. Bijay Kumar Gachhadar, who told that the tele-serial would be very successful to motivate people to contribute in reducing river pollution by constructing septic tanks. He added that the serial had also highlighted the significance of wastewater treatment plant for sewage management in urban areas.

Dr. Roshan Raj Shrestha, Chief Technical Advisor of UN Habitat South Asia Region believed that the construction of septic tank would help to reduce the trend of discharging untreated sewage in the river, which would improve river water quality and, in turn, urban environment. He suggested the local government authorities to associate with private sectors for the construction of wastewater treatment plant. In his opinion, it would increase job opportunities in addition to managing sewage and improving river environment.

Speaking about the Dhalamati, renowned artist Madan Krishna Shrestha told that toilet construction is not getting priority due to lack of public awareness on sanitation. In such condition, Dhalamati would be effective to sensitize people on the importance of septic tank and sewage management, he said. He also urged all urban dwellers to take initiative in an individual level for cleaning the rivers.

After the Premier Show, the teleserial has been telecasted through a national level television channel for the broader dissemination of the messages about septic tank and sewage management.

Anil Sthapit, Director of Guthi explained that the Dhalamti showing its concerns towards river pollution and its impact on environmental sanitation and public health has attempted to raise public awareness on sewage management and significance of the use of septic tank. Meanwhile, it has also presented the technical aspects that one should consider at the time of construction of septic tank.

In the serial, renowned artist Hari Bamsha Acharya has performed the role of Hari Prasad, a tenant deprived of toilet facility. Similarly, Madan Krishna Shrestha played the role of house owner, who never willed to discharge sewage in the river and always wished to keep river clean.

The tele-serial moves around the problems confronted by Hari Prasad and his family for not having a toilet. Dhalamati, in addition to entertaining the audiences, also advocates for proper sewage management, which is being directly discharged into the river affecting river ecosystem adversely.

The serial has also suggested the concerned government bodies to construct modern wastewater treatment plants to manage the toilet waste generated from the Kathmandu Valley.

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