BHUBANESWAR: The National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) has joined hands with Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) in chalking out comprehensive City Sanitation Plan (CSP) for the State Capital. The NIUA will take up issues pertaining to waste water management, faecal sludge and solid waste management, suggesting technology and systemic solution to meet City’s sanitation targets.
The NIUA and BMC jointly conducted a workshop of stakeholders here on Thursday to discuss preliminary findings on water treatment and septage management under best practices of a CSP. The workshop also reviewed the previous CSP of the City and secondary data to assess outlines of the new one.
The CSP will be implemented by NIUA through a Bengaluru-based Consortium for DEWATS Dissemination (CDD) Society. The sanitation experts of NIUA have already visited vulnerable areas to get a first-hand knowledge of sanitation in and around the City. Apart from the CSP, the CDD Society team will also provide an investment plan and financing options for meeting sanitation objectives.
Resource personnel of CDD Society gave presentations on the best practices in AMRUT cities and how a revised CSP is efficiently handling sanitation.
The NIUA members presented the septage management plan of Devara Beesanahali, a small town near Bangalore and how the city is managing it effectively with a low budget. There was also a detailed presentation on waste management.
Currently, the Capital City is generating nearly 600 tonnes of municipal solid waste, City Engineer D Patnaik said.
“While the waste water is partly managed by PHEO in the City, the sewerage system under OWSSB is yet to start functioning. Officials from PHEO and OWSSB will also be included in the expert committee on CSP,” BMC Deputy Commissioner Srimanta Mishra said. The BMC will review the proposal of CDD Society for implementing the CSP.
The Smart City Bhubaneswar also comes under AMRUT which has water supply and waste water management system as one of its top priorities. Under AMRUT, nine cities of Odisha will receive `400 crore over five years for development of water supply system, sewerage and septage management, storm water drainage and scaling up greenery.
Senior Municipal Planner, Deputy Commissioner (Projects), City Health Officer, Chief Municipal Medical Officer, Executive Engineers, Assistant Health Officers, Sanitary Inspectors and various experts of Swachh Bhubaneswar Abhijaan Cell attended the workshop.