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Author(s): Rohilla, S. K., Luthra, B., Padhi, S. K., Yadav, A., Varadharajan, A.
Published in: 2017
Pages: 55
Publisher: SFD Promotion Initiative, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), India


SFD Report - Bansberia, India

Bansberia is a town in the Hooghly district of West Bengal, India. Bansberia Municipality was the nerve centre of “Saptagram”, a port city, famous for its inland and foreign trades with Europe since 17th Century. It is rich in its heritage and tradition and has a number of historical sites such as Hanseswari Temple and Zafar Khan Ghazi Mosque and Dargah. (BM, 2015).

All households are dependent on onsite sanitation systems. The containment systems in Bansberia mainly comprises of septic tanks and pits. Septic tanks do not adhere to the standards prescribed by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). Following types of containment systems were found in Bansberia; septic tank connected to soak pit (20% population), septic tank connected to open drain (4% population), fully lined tank with no outlet (4% population) and the most common containment system found in the city, which is the twin-pit system (72% population) (BM, 2016).