Sanitation Facilities in Varanasi: The Stinking Truth

Each year the Uttar Pradesh government spends crores on construction and maintenance of sanitation facilities for the public. But one visit to the Varanasi Cantonment bus stand and you can clearly see that money is going down the drain. VV-PACS Community Correpondent Shabnam Begum from Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh reports on the sorry state of affairs of the public toilets. Reena Khan a daily commuter says the situation is worse for women as there are hardly any clean public toilets in the area. She says: "The toilets are pay per use, but we don't get the facilities. I can't tell you how horrible it was in there." Call to Action: Please call the Municipal Council, Varanasi on 0542-2240194 and ask the authorities to regularly maintain the public toilet at Varanasi Cantonment Bus stand. About the Partnership: The Poorest Areas Civil Society (PACS) Programme and Video Volunteers have come together to create the Community Correspondents Network. The videos generated by the network will be able to highlight voices from the margins, providing skills to social communicators to provide advocacy tools to community based organisations.

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