New Cottage IndustryIt’s very weird to know that a State in India has felicitated urination, defecation and bathing as a cottage industry! The bizarre State which I am taking about is Tamil Nadu where I have seen people have opened their home for tourists (mostly pilgrims) for relieving themselves or having a bath. Here normal charge for urination & defecation is Rs 5/- and bathing is Rs 10/- and that too by Government owned lavatories run by Municipalities.
Whereas Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak’s Sulabh Sauchalaya (Sulabh Toilet) is ubiquitous in every North Indian town and even in West Bengal.
I have peculiar habit to click pics for unknown reasons, as this pic of a urinal from Maharashtra’s Ajanta caves seemed me quite costly for charging Rs 2/- to urinate but I was proven wrong by Tamil Nadu’s new cottage industry.
So, if you are planning a trip to the State of Hindu temples from Northern India then be prepared to accommodate your urinary bladder for loosing coins in Tamil Nadu. Is it not strange that politicians of Tamil Nadu provide free colour television, sarees and dhotis but can’t provide public utility sanitation at affordable price?
© Sushil Kumar