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Report : Training of UADD Officers Telangana on FSSM
Training Programme on Faecal Sludge Management for UADD Officers of Telangana State, August 3rd – 4th, 2018
Sanitation Capacity Building Platform (SCBP) at National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) is engaged in supporting Urban Decentralized Sanitation Systems to address the problem of untreated and unsafe disposal of faecal waste from septic tanks that constitute 68 percent of the toilet systems (2011 Census).
During the last 2 years, SCBP has provided a combination of Policy Advise, Technical Assistance and Capacity Building support at the national and state level. The Platform works as a collaborative of credible national organizations (for more information please log on to scbp.niua.org).
The Directorate of Municipal Administration (DMA) in Telangana is organizing measures to set up systems towards the safe collection, treatment and disposal of all human waste that is collected from on-site sanitation systems. In accordance with this, GoT has been launching State Level Policy on FSSM outlining the operative guidelines for Faecal Sludge and Septage Management (FSSM) in Urban Local Bodies. Setting up Faecal Sludge and Septage Treatment Plant (the “FSTP”) in each of the Urban Local Bodies is a move in this direction to tackle the health and environmental hazard caused when human excreta is disposed in open areas and water bodies due to lack of treatment facilities.
Government of Telangana (the “Authority”) has decided to develop and operate/maintain the FSTPs in 71 ULBs of Telangana (the “Project”) through Public Private Partnership (the “PPP”) on Design, Build, Operate & Transfer (“DBOT Hybrid Annuity”) basis, and has accordingly decided to carry out the bidding process for selection of a private party to whom the Project may be awarded. As such, the DMA is presently tendering out the implementation – i.e. construction and O&M - of city scale Faecal Sludge Treatment Plants across 72 towns on a DBOT (Design Build Operate and Transfer) basis through a Hybrid Annuity Model. The tender notification for the same was floated on the 23rd of July 2018.
Very few among these 72 Urban Local Bodies in Telangana State are either in planning stage or implementation of FSTPs in their respective ULB. As such, this training was organized to acquaint the functionaries from the public health department of the municipalities on the basic knowledge and skills to implement effective city scale FSM solutions.
A two-day training programme on ‘Faecal Sludge Management for UADD Officers of Telangana State’ organized in Hyderabad, Telangana by MCH HRD Institute and National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), New Delhi on 3rd- 4th August, 2018. The key objectives of the programme are (i) to provide the awareness on the need for Faecal Sludge Management (FSM) in the context of India’s sanitation needs, (ii) to provide understanding the basic concepts of rolling out FSM in the participating cities, (iii) to improve the knowledge on the kinds of technologies and approaches that can be adopted for treating faecal sludge. 17 UADD officers and engineers from ULBs of Telangana state participated in the training programme. The focus of the training event was on functionaries who would be responsible to implement and roll out the programme of FSTP implementation across the 72 cities.
The two-day training programme was divided into 12 highly interactive sessions illustrating need and issues of FSM, understanding shit flow diagram, stakeholder mapping in FSM, Quantification of faecal sludge (FS), technology options for collection and conveyance of FS, treatment approach, treatment technologies, technology-case study – Devanahalli, Leh, Warangal, exploring FSTPs in DBOT context, operationalizing FSM – challenges and overall learnings. Mr. Avinash Kumar introduced the first session of the training highlighting the need and issues for FSM.