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WASH Warrior: Meet 45-Year-Old Ganesh Nagle, Who Is Ensuring His Fellow Slum Dwellers In Bhopal Are Not Deprived Of Sanitation Facilities

Ganesh Nagle was an active proponent of the scheme to construct household toilets under the Swachh Bharat Mission, he also prepared a list of families that were left out of the scheme and shared it with the local ward parishad and Member of Parliament

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WASH Warrior: Meet 45-Year-Old Ganesh Nagle, Who Is Ensuring His Fellow Slum Dwellers In Bhopal Are Not Deprived Of Sanitation Facilities
  • Ganesh helped 25 families get access to toilets
  • Every Sunday, Ganesh dedicates two hours to cleaning the slum
  • Ganesh is also spreading awareness about prevention of the coronavirus

New Delhi: 45-year-old Ganesh Nagle is well known in the 100 Quarter slum of ward 63, Bhopal. Born in the Betul district of Madhya Pradesh, Ganesh has only studied till the seventh standard, but his inclination towards social work set him on a different course. Ganesh says that he came to Bhopal in 1995, searching for better livelihood opportunities and settled down in the 100 Quarter slum after he got a job as a factory worker. At his factory, he convinced a group of his fellow workers to contribute a small portion of their salary and help children of poor families by providing essential food items. In 2019, when WaterAid India and its partner, Aarambh, initiated the formation of a slum-level committee, locally called Mohalla Samiti, Ganesh voluntarily joined it to represent the issues of his neighbourhood.

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Various training programmes, orientations, and exposure provided by the WaterAid India– Aarambh initiative built his capacities and he emerged as a community leader. He became the secretary of the committee and started working actively towards social causes, especially ensuring WASH access to all households in the slum, a spokesperson from WaterAid India told NDTV.

Ganesh was an active proponent of the scheme to construct household toilets under the Swachh Bharat Mission. He prepared a list of families that were left out of the scheme and shared it with the local ward parishad and Member of Parliament, the spokesperson added.

It was through his efforts that 25 marginalised families who had been left out earlier got access to household toilets. He also motivated people to use toilets properly and is trying to make the slum open defecation free. He continues to try for construction of toilets in the households that are still left out, she said.

Ganesh also presented a demand letter to the municipal commissioner, zonal water-in-charge, and ward parishad for household tap connections. He motivated 40 households to pay their holding tax as a prerequisite for initiation of water supply. His efforts were successful, and in 2020, water supply at the household level under the Narmada Jal Yojana was initiated in the slum.

When a water point in the slum became dysfunctional, causing to increased hardship for the slum dwellers, Ganesh shared the issue with our organisation and sought support. He also led a group of people to visit the ward councillor and Member of Parliament to advocate the issue. This water point was owned by Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL). It was due to his effort that the BHEL administration handed over the ownership of the source to the community. He also mobilised his community to contribute their share. With support from the project, the water source was renovated and a community-managed decentralised water supply distribution system was established. People are now getting adequate water for their needs. Following the success of this intervention, two other water sources of the slum were renovated, resulting in better access to water, the spokesperson told NDTV.

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Ganesh is also concerned about the cleanliness of the slum. Every Sunday morning, he dedicates two hours to cleaning different areas of the slum. Inspired by his efforts, the youth of the slum have now started helping him.

The present outbreak of COVID-19 has affected the whole world; Bhopal and the 100 Quarter slum are no exception. In this situation too, Ganesh masked up and set out to face the challenge and save the lives of his fellow dwellers.

He encouraged people to maintain social distancing at public places like water points, community toilets, grocery shops, among others. For this purpose, he drew circles at all the community points and motivated people to maintain the correct distance. He also works tirelessly with the us, spreading awareness about prevention of the coronavirus infection, the spokesperson explained.

Moreover, along with other members of the mohalla committee, Ganesh identified 12 ‘most vulnerable’ families like women-headed families, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities in the slum shared their details with the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) and other organisations and ensured that all necessary supplies reached them. He also mobilised the BMC and ensured regular sanitisation of the slum.

When it comes to his efforts at his workplace, he inspired his fellow employees to donate money. With the Rs 5,000 he collected, he distributed food items to people with disabilities. He also provided support to anganwadi workers in conducting a survey to identify suspected COVID-19 patients.

People like Ganesh Nagle demonstrate that sustainable development of any community is ensured if there are leaders like him, the Wateraid spokesperson signed off.

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.  


Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,50,12,529 and 49,72,271 have died; 20,64,25,824 are active cases and 3,36,14,434 have recovered as on October 28, 2021 at 4:00 am.


3,42,31,809 16,156Cases
3,36,14,434 17,095Recovered
4,56,386 733Deaths
In India, there are 3,42,31,809 confirmed cases including 4,56,386 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,60,989 and 3,36,14,434 have recovered as on October 28, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths

66,06,536 1,485

23,096 3,500

64,43,342 4,947

1,40,098 38


49,38,603 9,445

77,158 2,100

48,31,468 6,723

29,977 622


29,86,835 282

8,459 80

29,40,339 349

38,037 13

Tamil Nadu

26,98,493 1,075

12,288 252

26,50,145 1,315

36,060 12

Andhra Pradesh

20,64,854 567

4,777 122

20,45,713 437

14,364 8

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,114 13

100 6

16,87,115 7


West Bengal

15,89,042 976

7,973 124

15,61,973 837

19,096 15


14,39,709 38

348 25

14,14,270 13



10,39,818 549

4,392 213

10,27,108 334

8,318 2


10,05,926 28

263 14

9,92,088 12

13,575 2


9,54,411 4

20 0

9,45,437 4



8,26,481 17

173 2

8,16,220 15


Madhya Pradesh

7,92,804 20

108 9

7,82,172 10

10,524 1


7,71,204 15

133 5

7,61,022 10



7,26,073 5

41 1

7,16,371 4



6,70,829 186

4,164 63

6,62,714 122

3,951 1


6,09,506 244

3,838 153

5,99,681 391

5,987 6


6,02,289 38

246 20

5,85,487 16

16,556 2


3,48,705 28

160 30

3,43,408 56

5,137 2


3,43,861 17

150 6

3,36,312 23


Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,865 70

838 16

3,26,596 86


Himachal Pradesh

2,23,406 261

1,972 211

2,17,693 48

3,741 2


1,77,969 23

454 29

1,74,152 51

3,363 1


1,27,846 40

443 10

1,25,546 50



1,23,473 70

844 29

1,20,712 97

1,917 2


1,19,496 547

7,320 446

1,11,752 991

424 2


84,438 15

123 1

83,499 14



83,466 51

507 22

81,511 71

1,448 2


65,331 5

29 2

64,482 3


Arunachal Pradesh

55,120 6

115 22

54,725 28



31,925 13

177 1

31,353 12



31,759 12

222 3

30,856 15



20,925 8

47 6

20,670 2


Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,682 1

6 0

10,672 1




0 0



Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,650 2

5 1

7,516 1


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