The Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation (GWMC) has won the prestigious Skoch Swachh Bharat award. Warangal Urban Collector Amrapali Kata and the Commissioner Shruti Ojha will receive the award at the 49th Skoch summit scheduled held on September 8 and 9 at Constitution Club of India, New Delhi. Thanks to the efforts of the GWMC authorities for implementing the best practices in sanitation management.
The GWMC with the technical support of Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) has been implementing several initiatives to achieve comprehensive sanitation improvements on mission mode.
Warangal city won the Skoch “Order of Merit” award on sanitation because it is the first city to have introduced exclusive toilets for women, the first city to have toilets in the fuel stations in the city to be available for use by everyone, the first city to have more than 45 good quality and well maintained public toilets with the investments by the private sector.
Since August 2016 GWMC constructed all the individual household latrines (IHL) required after processing over 32,000 applications, sanctioned seven community toilets, nine SHE-toilets under the Swachh Bharat Mission and 14 public toilets on public private partnership modal.
On other hand, the GWMC also issued preliminary notification August 12 to declare the city as the ‘open defecation free’ one by September 30.
Warangal is also the first city in the country, to have introduced and operationalized comprehensive Faecal Sludge Management (waste from septic tank) regulatory framework on March 26, 2016 with an objective of promoting a comprehensive and integrated approach to Faecal Sludge Management and septage management.
The city is moving towards safe management of fecal sludge, grey water management, and solid waste management. As a part this, GWMC entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Tide Technocrats Pvt. Ltd. to set up of a state-of-the-art Fecal Sludge Treatment Plant with 15KLD capacity with the grants of Rs 1.2 crores from Bill & Mellinda Gates Fundation (BMGF) for the first time in the country.
It may be recalled here that the GWMC also bagged the prestigious Skoch award last year for bringing transparency and accountability in its transactions with the implementation of ‘E-Office’.