10 Cities of Telangana Were Felicitated By Government of Telangana And German Technical Cooperation For Their Efforts In Integrated Planning For Improving Sanitation
A Step toward Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM)
Date : 9 March 2017
Place: Hyderabad, Telangana
Report: In a special event organised by Municipal Administration and Urban Development Department, Government of Telangana, Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) , on “Better Sanitation Planning for Urban Local Bodies in Telangana’’, 10 cities of the state were felicitated. The honor was given to the city’s team comprising of mayor/chairperson, commissioner and technical staff for successfully completing their City Sanitation Plans. Additional 21 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) of Telangana state were participating in the event to learn from this experience. The event was organised in Hyderabad, Telangana on March 9, 2017.
The event was graced by Dr. T K Sreedevi, Director Municipal Administration, MA&UD Department, Dr. Suresh Rohilla, Programme Director, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE); Mr. Dirk Walther, Project Director, GIZ. In her keynote address Dr. Sreedevi emphasized the importance of integrated and strategic planning for improving sanitation in cities. Plans need to be jointly developed with all relevant stakeholders to finally lead to implementation of feasible projects. Dr. Sreedevi released the State Sanitation Strategy (SSS) of Telangana along with the Executive Summary in Telugu and English language. As a concrete measure of SSS, draft state guidelines on Integrated Wastewater and Septage Management were presented to the ULBs for their feedback.
MA & UD, Govt. of Telangana and GIZ in partnership with CSE have jointly conducted a Training and Handholding Programme for Preparation of City Sanitation Plans for 10 selected Urban Local Bodies. The objective of this programme was to strengthen cities in their planning capacities to take ownership for the steering and improvement of the sanitation services in their cities. The CSP is a city-wide strategic planning tool introduced by National Urban Sanitation Policy for the entire sanitation sector.
The Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) and the AMRUT Mission have recognised the CSP as important planning tool to achieve improvement in service levels and selection of suitable projects.
After completion of this programme, the selected 10 Urban Local Bodies will now start implementation of their CSPs under the guidance of Director Municipal Administration and GIZ. The additional 21 cities participating in this event were asked to start the preparation of CSP.