City Sanitation Planning Support for Small Towns in Maharashtra

City Sanitation Planning Support for Small Towns in Maharashtra

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Ongoing

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CWAS

Drawing on emerging global practices and the findings from benchmarking data from cities across Gujarat and Maharashtra, CWAS has developed a framework for City-wide Sanitation Assessment and Planning. It focuses on city-wide sanitation assessment using a full service chain approach. It includes assessment of all sub-components and their interlinkages: household and community sanitation, wastewater, storm water and municipal solid waste. CWAS in partnership with the Water Supply and Sanitation Department (WSSD), Government of Maharashtra, and Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran (MJP), has applied the framework for city-wide sanitation assessment to prepare City Sanitation Plans (CSPs) for small towns in Maharashtra. The CSPs have been developed through several consultative workshops with city representatives. These CSPs focus on options for low-cost sanitation and decentralised solutions for wastewater management. The plans highlight various options considered for wastewater management. Financing plans are an integral part of CSPs and outline affordable solutions for resource mobilization. The CWAS is also providing continued support to two cities, Wai and Sinnar to help them move towards effective sanitation management.

With support from the CWAS, these two small towns in Maharashtra have made credible progress in providing inclusive and sustainable sanitation services to their citizens. Both towns are now open defecation and have instituted efficient faecal sludge and septage management systems. Both cities have launched scheduled septic tank emptying services. The Sinnar Council has also invested its own resources to construct a 70 KLD capacity fecal sludge treatment plant. The plant was inaugurated on March 3, 2019 in presence of 500 women members of local self-help groups who will become partners in furthering access to improved sanitation in the city.
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