HYDERABAD: The amount collected by Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in Telangana state (excluding GHMC) through the Building Penalisation Scheme (BPS) and Layout Regularisation Scheme (LRS) would be utilised for the construction of individual and community toilets, thereby addressing the solid waste management issues.
The Telangana government, which decided to launch Swachh Telangana Mission on the lines of Swachh Bharat, has released Rs 34.44 crore for the construction of community toilets. This will cost the State Rs 8,000 per unit towards the construction of as many as 43,050 individual household toilets. Another Rs 7.10 crore for the first year (2015-15) will go into solid waste management for all the ULBs across the state.
Furthermore, the State government has prepared an action plan under the Swachh Bharat Mission starting from this year to 2019, in compliance with the orders of the Supreme Court, and also the provisions of the Eradication of Manual Scavengers Act, 2013. Both focus on construction of private and community latrines in order to discourage open defecation. The State has submitted the action plan to the Centre which lists out an expenditure of Rs 900.49 crore for undertaking construction of individual toilets. Officials said, an amount of Rs 244.19 crore has been requested from the Centre for implementing the activities. The Commissioner and Director of Municipal Administration (CDMS) said the cost of constructing one individual toilet would cost Rs 15,000 as per SBM guidelines and the Centre’s incentive for the construction of an individual household toilet would be Rs 4,000 per unit.
Previously, the state government used to contribute Rs 1,000 and the Centre used to provide Rs 4,000 for the construction of each individual toilet. Now, the State government’s share has been increased to Rs 8,000 and the remaining amount can be paid for by the beneficiary. Hence, a total amount of Rs 288.21 crore is required from the State for a period of five years, in order to construct toilets at all ULBs. The central government has already released its share of Rs 28.95 crore for 2014-15, officials said.
ULBs Asked to Submit Action Plan on Waste Management
Unhappy over the poor practises of dealing with the municipal solid waste (MSW) management by the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in the State, National Green Tribunal (NGT) has sought a status report along with a time-bound action plan from all the ULBs in the State to deal with MSW. Sources said, the NGT is upset with the ULBs for their inaction in implementing the Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Rules, 2000, even after a 15 years from its date of notification.
Subsequently, Commissioner and Director of Municipal Administration (CDMA) of Telangana has directed the ULBs to prepare and submit a comprehensive MSW action plan complete with timelines, by May 15 along with Council resolutions. The CDMA has directed all the ULB Municipal Commissioners of the State to prepare the plan for their town or city keeping in mind the size of the ULB, quantity of waste generation, waste characterisation and availability of resources etc. Earlier, a similar status report on the entire state, along with an action plan was submitted by the Telangana government to the NGT.