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The city officials of Kerala state provided handholding support for preparation of City Sanitation Plans: GIZ-CSE joint training programme

The state of Kerala while having achieved highest scores on the human development index has to go long way in improving the sanitation condition of the state.  Ensuring citywide sanitation is challenging and needs involvement of various actors /agencies and capacities to handle different aspects attached with sanitation issue. Realising the need for strengthening the capacities of ULBs, Deutsche Gesell schaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit – GIZ GmbH and Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) are collaborating on ‘Capacity enhancement on preparation of City Sanitation Plan (CSP) and Septage Management’ for city officials aimed at improving the sanitation situation in small and medium towns of select Indian states.

On the same line, GIZ programme ‘Support to the National Urban Sanitation Policy’ (SNUSP) in collaboration with Suchitwa Mission Local Self Government Department of Kerala and Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) organised 2 and half days training program on ‘Preparation and Implementation of City Sanitation Plans’ from March 9 -11, 2015 at Thrissur, Kerala. The objective of the program is to train and build the capacities of selected ULBs and state level officers on preparing City Sanitation Plan (CSP) as mandated under National Urban Sanitation Policy and Swachh Bharat Mission of government of India. In this connection, 14 cities were being nominated by Government of Kerala to attend the training. The training was inaugurated by Dr. K. Vasuki, Executive Director, Suchitwa Mission. While inaugurating the programme she emphasised the importance of city sanitation plan in achieving the goals of hygienically clean cities and hoped that the training will help the ULB members to prepare quality CSPs in coming time. The programme was also graced by the Dr. P.P. Balan, Director of Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA), Thrissur and District Collector of Thrissur, Mrs. Jaya, IAS.First part of the training programme was on sensitizing the ULBs about the importance of City Sanitation Plan (CSP) for improving the sanitation condition of their cities. The presentations dealt with the relevance of CSP, its added values, sanitation challenges and improve their understanding on the existing sanitation systems. The second half of the training programme was more on handholding the ULBs to prepare an improved CSP. The sessions dealt on how to prepare CSPs, the steps involved in preparing CSPs and its processes. The method of the training and its content was well appreciated by the ULBs.  The part 2 of the training will deal with the key issues in cities, gap analysis and data analysis. In total more than 35 participants participated in the training programme.

About ‘National Urban Sanitation Policy’ (NUSP)

To deal with the critical sanitation condition of the country Government of India formulated the National Urban Sanitation Policy (NUSP) in 2008 under the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD).

The vision of NUSP is that all cities and towns to become community-driven totally sanitized, healthy and liveable. Special focus is on hygienic and affordable sanitation facilities for the urban poor and women.

 

Cities of Kerala on their path towards achieving the goals of Swachh Bharat

 

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