Wash On Wheels: With Indigenous Handwashing Unit WaterAid India Is Promoting Hand Hygiene In Uttar PradeshWaterAid India’s Wash On Wheels campaign in Bhadhoi has been acknowledged by the Limca Book of Records
Highlights
  • A handwashing unit developed by WaterAid India costs Rs. 260
  • Each unit can hold 5 litres of water, sufficient for 12-15 washes
  • 950 auto-rickshaws, e-rickshaws in UP have got the handwashing unit

New Delhi: In Lucknow’s Bakshi Ka Talab Nagar Panchayat, an auto-rickshaw pulls down next to a plausible passenger and enquires if he needs a ride. Passenger Shailendra Kumar Gautam decides to take the auto ride to his destination but before he boards the auto, the driver asks him to wash his hands with soap and water. Well aware of the need for hygiene especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr Gautam follows the driver’s suggestion and washes his hands using a handwashing unit mounted on the left side of the auto.

Hand hygiene is considered the first line of defence against the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 disease. While one can ensure good hand hygiene at a home or office where there is the availability of water and soap but on the go, especially while using public transport, it becomes a tad challenging.

Also Read: How Bhopal’s Decentralised Water Access Is Providing Adequate Handwashing Infrastructure During COVID-19 Pandemic

In an attempt to promote handwashing and hygiene, WaterAid India, a non-governmental organisation designed a handwashing unit that can be mounted on auto-rickshaws and e-rickshaws and initiated a campaign called ‘Wash On Wheels’.

Sharing his thoughts on the initiative, passenger Shailendra Kumar Gautam said,

It is a good initiative. By ensuring good hand hygiene and washing hands regularly we are doing our bit and contributing in the fight against COVID-19.

Wash On Wheels: With Indigenous Handwashing Unit WaterAid India Is Promoting Hand Hygiene In Uttar Pradesh
COVID-19 prevention: In Lucknow’s Bakshi Ka Talab Nagar Panchayat, a passenger washing his hands with soap and water before boarding an auto-rickshaw

The idea was conceived in May when the nation was moving towards phased reopening and the restrictions were being lifted gradually. Talking to NDTV about the concept, Dr Shishir Chandra, Programme Coordinator, WaterAid India and the brain behind the handwashing unit said,

I saw a video on the internet promoting handwashing through a similar concept and it is then I decided to design a workable solution. Back in May, we were under a strict lockdown and almost everyone was scared of contracting COVID-19 so much so that people would consider public transport unsafe. I thought if we could ensure handwashing, one of the COVID precautionary measures, in some way then it might help. To begin with, I discussed the idea with my team and checked the feasibility with auto drivers in the sense if they are interested in adopting this and will they be able to refill the water tank at least twice a day.

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Dr Chandra and his team received a positive response from auto drivers who believed that installation of a handwashing unit will attract more passengers and probably make them feel comfortable using public transport.

The team designed an indigenous handwashing unit using PVC pipe, two end caps, and a water tap at a cost of Rs. 260. The 4-inch broad and 2.6-inch-long PVC pipe, with two end caps at its extremities, has a water tap fixed at its lower end. A liquid handwash is secured with tape at the mid-point of the unit. The handwashing unit has a capacity to hold 5 liters of water, sufficient for 12-15 washes.

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On a pilot basis, 20 auto-rickshaws in Bakshi Ka Talab and Uttar Pradesh’s Bhadhoi were fitted with the handwashing unit. Sharing the findings of the pilot project, Dr Chandra said,

The pilot project lasted for a week during which we checked the feasibility, durability and collected the response of both passengers and rickshaw drivers. We found the solution workable as you won’t easily find handwashing facility on the road but here we were providing it on the go.

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By the month of June, the project was expanded and a total of 950 handwashing units were installed on auto-rickshaws and e-rickshaws running on different routes in Uttar Pradesh’s Bakshi ka Talab Nagar Panchayat, Bhadhoi, Chitrakoot, and Fatehpur.

Wash On Wheels: With Indigenous Handwashing Unit WaterAid India Is Promoting Hand Hygiene In Uttar Pradesh
Handwashing unit mounted on the side of e-rickshaw

The idea was to provide 100 per cent coverage but in Bhadhoi, when we discussed the idea with Assistant Regional Transport Officer (ARTO), we realised that over 5,000 autos were registered in the last 10 years but there was no data on the number of autos and e-rickshaws currently operating on road. Therefore, we tried to cover the maximum number of vehicles on major routes like Bhadhoi to Allahabad, Bhadhoi to Gopiganj, so on and so forth. This way, 500 units are functional in Bhadhoi, 250 in Bakshi ka Talab and 100 each in Chitrakoot and Fatehpur. We have provided the structure and auto drivers ensure there is enough soap and water, explained Dr Chandra.

To ensure extra safety of both passengers and drivers and avoid multiple contacts, it has been decided that only drivers will open and close the tap. The WaterAid India team extensively monitored Wash On Wheels campaign for 21 days.

It is said that it takes 21 days to make a habit and build a new behavior in your life. We tracked the campaign for 21 days and received an encouraging response. We have the database of all 950 rickshaw drivers and we are in continuous touch with them. They often send us photos and videos of people using the handwashing facility, shared Dr Chandra.

Also Read: 77 Per Cent People Changed Their Handwashing Habits Due To COVID-19, Finds A Study By WaterAid India

During the lockdown and unlock 1, one auto or e-rickshaw would ferry 15-20 passengers in a day but now with the ease in restrictions and increase in movement, they are getting more passengers, added Dr Chandra.

Lauding the campaign, a passenger from Bhadhoi said,

If everyone will wash their hands before boarding a sharing auto or any public vehicle, it will ensure everyone’s safety and even the safety of our children. I haven’t seen such a facility anywhere else.

Armaan, auto-rickshaw driver from Bakshi ka Talab, informed that people are appreciating the move and added,

A lot of passengers listen to us and wash their hands before sitting in but there are some people who don’t because they are in a hurry to reach somewhere. Overall, the response has been good and I haven’t faced any trouble.

WaterAid India’s initiative in Bhadhoi has been acknowledged by the Limca Book of Records and the team received tremendous support from the district administration and local authorities in all four areas.

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NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene

World

6,22,00,148Cases
2,09,49,646Active
3,97,99,428Recovered
14,51,074Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 191 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 6,22,00,148 and 14,51,074 have died; 2,09,49,646 are active cases and 3,97,99,428 have recovered as on November 29, 2020 at 3:51 am.

India

93,92,919 41810Cases
4,53,956 -984Active
88,02,267 42298Recovered
1,36,696 496Deaths
In India, there are 93,92,919 confirmed cases including 1,36,696 deaths. The number of active cases is 4,53,956 and 88,02,267 have recovered as on November 29, 2020 at 2:30 am.

State & District Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
DistrictCases
Mumbai45,478
Thane13,660
Pune9,920
Mumbai Suburban5,363
Aurangabad1,974
Nashik1,575
Raigad1,462
Palghar1,421
Solapur1,291
Jalgaon1,039
Akola757
Nagpur692
Kolhapur646
Satara629
Ratnagiri350
Amravati291
Dhule228
Hingoli208
Jalna201
Ahmednagar190
Nanded176
Yavatmal150
Sangli145
Latur139
Osmanabad125
Sindhudurg114
Buldhana88
Parbhani78
gondia69
Beed54
Nandurbar42
Gadchiroli42
Bhandara41
Chandrapur32
Washim13
Wardha11

18,14,515 5,965

90,965 1,940

16,76,564 3,937

46,986 88

DistrictCases
Udupi1,176
Kalaburagi669
Yadgir538
Bengaluru Urban529
Raichur369
Mandya346
Belagavi337
Bidar219
Hassan205
Davangere204
Vijayapura201
Dakshina Kannada179
Chikkaballapura149
Mysuru107
Bagalkote103
Uttara Kannada95
Shivamogga67
Dharwad61
Ballari60
Gadag45
Bengaluru Rural40
Tumakuru36
Kolar29
Haveri24
Chikkamagaluru19
Chitradurga14
Koppal5
Kodagu4
Ramanagara3
Chamarajanagara0

8,82,608 1,522

24,776 622

8,46,082 2,132

11,750 12

DistrictCases
Kurnool795
Krishna557
Guntur511
Anantapur428
East Godavari356
Chittoor319
Sri Potti Sriramulu Nell*296
Y.S.R.205
West Godavari199
Srikakulam183
Prakasam104
Visakhapatnam103
Vizianagaram23

8,67,063 625

11,571 566

8,48,511 1,186

6,981 5

DistrictCases
Chennai23,324
Chengalpattu1,314
Thiruvallur774
Villupuram509
Kanchipuram503
Tiruvannamalai496
Cuddalore477
Ariyalur444
Tirunelveli433
Tuticorin333
Kallakurichi324
Madurai322
Salem258
Coimbatore188
Virudhunagar185
Dindigul175
Perambalur133
Ranipet133
Thanjavur130
Theni129
Tiruchirappalli119
Ramanathapuram119
Tiruppur116
Kanniyakumari110
Tenkasi103
Nagapattinam99
Karur88
Namakkal83
Erode75
Vellore71
Thiruvarur67
Pudukkottai53
Sivaganga46
Tirupathur45
Krishnagiri43
The Nilgiris17
Dharmapuri15

7,79,046 1,430

11,073 36

7,56,279 1,453

11,694 13

DistrictCases
Kannur357
Kasaragod333
Palakkad224
Malappuram119
Kollam118
Thrissur106
Thiruvananthapuram104
Pathanamthitta98
Kozhikode90
Alappuzha76
Kottayam73
Ernakulam60
Idukki40
Wayanad36

5,93,957 6,250

64,964 950

5,26,797 5,275

2,196 25

DistrictCases
North West5,463
Central4,817
West4,768
New Delhi3,405
North3,059
East2,472
South East2,446
South West2,391
South2,329
North East1,914
Shahdara1,580

5,61,742 4,998

36,578 1,603

5,16,166 6,512

8,998 89

DistrictCases
Gautam Buddha Nagar1,119
Agra933
Ghaziabad794
Meerut504
Lucknow386
Saharanpur298
Kanpur Nagar286
Moradabad252
Varanasi243
Hapur225
Aligarh215
Basti214
Amethi206
Rampur203
Jaunpur194
Firozabad190
Barabanki168
Gorakhpur166
Bulandshahr166
Siddharth Nagar159
Ghazipur159
Bijnor157
Deoria143
Azamgarh138
Sant Kabeer Nagar132
Mathura129
Ayodhya120
Muzaffarnagar117
Sambhal116
Sultanpur97
Ambedkar Nagar92
Maharajganj85
Amroha80
Rae Bareli78
Bahraich73
Kheri72
Kannauj69
Baghpat68
Kushi Nagar67
Bhadohi60
Ballia60
Gonda59
Etah52
Hardoi49
Balrampur49
Mau48
Mainpuri46
Etawah46
Hathras43
Unnao42
Jalaun41
Jhansi41
Shamli40
Chandauli38
Auraiya37
Farrukhabad36
Sitapur32
Prayagraj30
Banda27
Shahjahanpur25
Shravasti23
Budaun23
Mirzapur22
Bareilly17
Kasganj16
Pratapgarh15
Pilibhit15
Sonbhadra10
Kaushambi6
Kanpur Dehat4
Chitrakoot4
Lalitpur3
Hamirpur3
Mahoba3
Fatehpur3

5,39,899 2,152

25,243 396

5,06,938 2,527

7,718 21

DistrictCases
Kolkata2,777
Howrah1,435
24 Paraganas North1,031
Hooghly604
24 Paraganas South281
Maldah235
Dinajpur Uttar216
Coochbehar210
Birbhum206
Medinipur West159
Medinipur East153
Nadia139
Purba Bardhaman130
Murshidabad125
Bankura116
Darjeeling97
Jalpaiguri88
Paschim Bardhaman70
Purulia66
Dinajpur Dakshin50
Alipurduar39
Kalimpong18
Jhargram9

4,77,446 3,459

24,537 80

4,44,587 3,487

8,322 52

DistrictCases
Ganjam581
Jajapur322
Khordha238
Baleshwar190
Kendrapara164
Cuttack155
Bhadrak137
Balangir129
Puri103
Sundargarh102
Jagatsinghapur91
Nayagarh86
Mayurbhanj73
Nuapada69
Gajapati61
Dhenkanal36
Boudh34
Kendujhar34
Deogarh33
Kalahandi33
Sonepur29
Kandhamal28
Anugul26
Malkangiri20
Bargarh16
Koraput16
Sambalpur16
Jharsuguda8
Nabarangpur2
Rayagada2

3,17,789 550

5,510 264

3,10,549 802

1,730 12

DistrictCases
Hyderabad2,475
Ranga Reddy183
Suryapet87
Jagitial77
Nizamabad76
MedchalMalkajgiri75
Mancherial43
YadadriBhuvanagiri40
Jogulamba Gadwal40
Vikarabad40
Nalgonda33
Warangal Urban32
Mahabubnagar30
Sangareddy26
Khammam26
Adilabad22
Nirmal21
Karimnagar17
RajannaSircilla16
Medak11
Kamareddy11
Mahabubabad10
Jayashankar Bhupalapally9
Nagarkurnool8
Kumuram Bheem Asifabad8
Jangoan8
Siddipet7
Peddapalli5
Bhadradri Kothagudem5
Warangal Rural4
Mulugu3
Narayanpet3
Wanaparthy1

2,69,223 805

10,490 147

2,57,278 948

1,455 4

DistrictCases
Jaipur2,177
Jodhpur1,748
Udaipur724
Bharatpur563
Kota503
Nagaur500
Ajmer379
Dungarpur374
Pali352
Jhalawar329
Bhilwara250
Sikar231
Chittorgarh188
Tonk171
Jalore164
Rajsamand140
Sirohi130
Bikaner112
Banswara91
Alwar90
Churu81
Jhunjhunu64
Dausa61
Dholpur60
Baran59
Jaisalmer53
Barmer34
Hanumangarh31
SawaiMadhopur26
Karauli17
Pratapgarh14
Ganganagar8
Bundi5

2,62,805 2,765

28,751 568

2,31,780 2,178

2,274 19

DistrictCases
Bilaspur100
Korba100
Mungeli87
Baloda Bazar85
Jashpur77
Janjgir-Champa56
Mahasamund54
Rajnandgaon52
Kabirdham52
Raigarh47
Raipur46
Balod41
Korea39
Durg31
Bemetara21
Kanker19
Balrampur17
Surguja14
Gariyaband10
Surajpur9
Dhamtari6
Bijapur2
Bastar2
Dantewada0
Kondagaon0
Narayanpur0
Sukma0

2,34,725 1,890

20,978 861

2,10,917 2,734

2,830 17

DistrictCases
Patna279
Bhagalpur266
Rohtas256
Khagaria253
Begusarai243
Madhubani199
Munger188
Jehanabad178
Katihar175
Darbhanga143
Samastipur139
Siwan139
PurbiChamparan138
Purnia135
Banka134
Buxar134
Nalanda123
Gopalganj123
Nawada122
Sheikhpura118
Gaya115
Kaimur (bhabua)105
Bhojpur103
Saran101
Muzaffarpur96
Saharsa88
Supaul87
Vaishali87
Madhepura82
Kishanganj75
Aurangabad75
Sitamarhi73
Lakhisarai72
Araria68
Pashchim Champaran57
Arwal52
Jamui47
Sheohar20

2,33,572 656

5,380 21

2,26,939 672

1,253 5

DistrictCases
Gurugram2,950
Faridabad867
Sonipat404
Rohtak145
Palwal120
Jhajjar114
Karnal104
Hisar98
Ambala93
Panipat78
Nuh68
Bhiwani60
Rewari56
Kurukshetra55
Sirsa50
Kaithal48
Mahendragarh47
CharkiDadri43
Panchkula39
Fatehabad38
Jind38
Yamunanagar19

2,30,713 1,967

19,916 484

2,08,422 2,421

2,375 30

DistrictCases
Kamrup Metro276
Golaghat203
Nagaon143
Hojai89
Dima Hasao86
Karimganj85
Tinsukia84
Cachar80
Dibrugarh61
Hailakandi57
Lakhimpur57
Marigaon50
Dhemaji47
Kamrup42
Kokrajhar37
Dhubri30
Charaideo29
Barpeta28
Udalguri28
Sonitpur27
Jorhat24
Nalbari23
Darrang20
Sivasagar20
Goalpara19
Biswanath16
Baksa14
KarbiAnglong13
Bongaigaon12
Chirang6
West KarbiAnglong5
South SalmaraMancachar4
Majuli2

2,12,483 163

3,313 41

2,08,190 122

980

DistrictCases
Ahmadabad17,125
Surat2,311
Vadodara1,555
Gandhinagar410
Mahesana159
Banas Kantha147
Bhavnagar146
Rajkot135
Arvalli134
Mahisagar125
Anand107
PanchMahals107
Patan105
SabarKantha101
Kachchh99
Kheda98
Jamnagar63
Bharuch56
Botad55
Surendranagar55
Valsad47
GirSomnath45
Dohad43
Chhotaudepur37
Naysari35
Junagadh31
Narmada25
DevbhumiDwarka22
Amreli16
Porbandar11
Tapi6
Dang5
Morbi4

2,06,714 1,598

14,792 60

1,87,969 1,523

3,953 15

DistrictCases
Indore3,839
Bhopal1,880
Ujjain799
Burhanpur351
Neemuch319
Jabalpur276
East Nimar266
Sagar228
Gwalior211
Khargone196
Dewas140
Dhar132
Mandsaur112
Morena109
Bhind87
Raisen71
Barwani60
Ratlam51
Rewa39
Shajapur39
Hoshangabad37
Vidisha37
Chhatarpur35
Betul35
Rajgarh31
Dindori29
Sheopur26
Damoh26
Satna24
Anuppur22
Panna20
Tikamgarh18
Sidhi17
Narsinghpur17
Chhindwara16
Agar Malwa15
Mandla15
Shivpuri15
Jhabua14
Shandol14
Singrauli13
Ashoknagar13
Datia12
Sehore12
Umaria10
Balaghat9
Guna8
Harda4
Alirajpur3
Katni3
Seoni2
Niwari0

2,03,231 1,634

14,981 304

1,85,013 1,317

3,237 13

DistrictCases
Amritsar485
Jalandhar297
Ludhiana293
Tarn Taran163
Gurdaspur154
Hoshiarpur140
S.A.S Nagar137
Patiala132
Sangrur107
Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawanshahr)99
Pathankot86
Rupnagar (Ropar)74
Faridkot74
Sri Muktsar Sahib71
Moga65
Bathinda60
Fatehgarh Sahib57
Fazilka53
Firozepur50
Kapurthala44
Mansa31
Barnala25

1,50,805 719

7,834 115

1,38,206 576

4,765 28

DistrictCases
Anantnag395
Srinagar300
Kulgam295
Baramulla271
Shopian255
Kupwara231
Bandipora175
Udhampur155
Ramban151
Jammu138
Budgam110
Pulwama108
Kathua53
Rajouri39
Ganderbal37
Poonch35
Doda27
Reasi26
Samba25
Kishtwar10
Mirpur0
Muzaffarabad0

1,09,383 512

5,112 124

1,02,591 632

1,680 4

DistrictCases
East Singhbum170
Ranchi148
Hazaribagh110
Garhwa80
Ramgarh75
Koderma58
Simdega48
Dhanbad32
Gumla28
Palamu27
West Singhbhum21
SaraikelaKharsawan20
Giridih19
Bokaro16
Latehar14
Khunti10
Lohardaga8
Deoghar5
Dumka5
Pakur4
Jamtara2
Godda2
Chatra1
Sahebganj0

1,08,786 209

2,154 8

1,05,669 216

963 1

DistrictCases
Dehradun370
Nainital323
Tehri Garhwal110
Haridwar94
Udam Singh Nagar83
Almora71
Champawat45
Pithoragarh43
Chamoli36
PauriGarhwal36
Bageshwar31
Rudraprayag30
Uttar Kashi24

73,951 424

4,876 64

67,861 347

1,214 13

DistrictCases
South Goa69
North Goa57

47,689 198

1,348 35

45,655 163

686

DistrictCases
Hamirpur117
Kangra105
Una41
Solan32
Chamba29
Bilaspur21
Mandi21
Sirmaur11
Shimla10
Kullu4
Kinnaur2
Lahaul And Spiti0

38,977 650

8,574 369

29,780 270

623 11

DistrictCases
Pondicherry111
Mahe4
Karaikal2
Yanam0

36,902 46

519 5

35,774 41

609

DistrictCases
Dhalai196
Sepahijala174
Gomati74
South Tripura53
Unakoti49
West Tripura45
Khowai24
North Tripura14

32,674 33

649 54

31,655 87

370

DistrictCases
Churachandpur32
Kangpokpi26
Imphal West21
Thoubal18
Imphal East10
Tengnoupal9
Bishnupur7
Senapati6
Chandel5
Kamjong5
Ukhrul4
Jiribam3
Pherzawl3
Kakching2
Tamenglong2
Noney1

24,749 235

3,283 31

21,203 197

263 7

DistrictCases
Chandigarh313

17,246 89

1,115 75

15,857 160

274 4

DistrictCases
Changlang31
Papum Pare8
Lohit3
Namsai2
West Siang1
East Siang1
Upper Siang1
Tawang1
PakkeKessang1
West Kameng0
Upper Subansiri0
Tirap0
Siang0
Shi Yomi0
Anjaw0
Lower Subansiri0
Lower Dibang Valley0
Longding0
Leparada0
KurungKumey0
KraDaadi0
Kamle0
East Kameng0
Dibang Valley0
Lower Siang0

16,262 31

888 23

15,323 53

51 1

DistrictCases
East Khasi Hills22
West Garo Hills5
South West Garo Hills4
North Garo Hills1
West Jaintia Hills1
West Khasi Hills1
East Garo Hills0
East Jaintia Hills0
Ribhoi0
South Garo Hills0
South West Khasi Hills0

11,704 71

858 59

10,735 129

111 1

DistrictCases
Dimapur20
Mon8
Kohima7
Kiphire3
Tuensang3
Peren2
Phek1
Longleng0
Mokokchung0
Wokha0
Zunheboto0

11,115 24

1,221 1

9,830 25

64

DistrictCases
Kargil77
LehLadakh43

8,328 56

885 19

7,327 73

116 2

DistrictCases
East District3
South District3
North District0
West District0

4,967 59

288 24

4,572 31

107 4

DistrictCases
South Andamans33
Nicobars1
North And Middle Andaman1

4,698 9

119 1

4,518 10

61

DistrictCases
Kolasib11
Aizawl10
Mamit8
Lawngtlai2
Lunglei2
Saitual1
Champhai0
Hnahthial0
Khawzawl0
Saiha0
Serchhip0

3,822 16

392 42

3,425 58

5

DistrictCases
Dadra And Nagar Haveli20

3,330

23 4

3,305 4

2

DistrictCases
Lakshadweep District0

0

0 0

0

0

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