Title:State Level District-Wise One Day Workshops: Uttar Pradesh State Septage Management Policy 2019:
Resources, Planning and Capacity Building Statewide Workshops to Cover All 652 ULBs

Facilitator: Indian Development Center (IDC), Regional Center for Urban and Environment Studies (RCUES), SBM-Urban Mission Directorate And UDD, GoUP
Partners:SBM-Urban Mission Directorate And UDD, GoUP
Year of the Project:Upcoming
Description of the Assignment:As per the UP State Septage Management Policy, 2019 (UPSSMP), ULBs have been charged with the responsibility of implementation of the safe management of the septage in their respective cities and towns by mobilising their own resources and that of the range of stakeholders including the private sector. Another important dimension of the Policy is to establish the regulatory framework matching up to outcomes enshrined in the outcomes on public health, quality of environment and human dignity including occupation safety. For the Policy to be effective in meeting its objectives, it is important that a fullest understanding of the full sanitation value chain related to safe septage management is well appreciated.

The Septage Management (SM) Vision of the Policy has set out three major milestones, namely;
a)- all reparatory arrangements are in place by the end of 2019,
b)- by the end of 2021, SM is mainstreamed in all Nagar Nigams (NNs), Nagar Palika Parishads (NPPs) and Nagar Panchayats (NP) while by 2023 all the objectives of the SM are fully achieved. Keeping these visions in view, workshops on Septage Management are designed.

The scope of the workshop includes, training pertaining to the implementation of on-site sanitation system, guidance to the range of stakeholders towards preparedness and role clarity to handle the entire sanitation value chain, capacity building within municipal bodies and more importantly, the session will include immediate steps required in the sector regulation and funding contribution.

It is presumed that on completion of the workshops, all ULBs commit to continually adopt sustainable septage management services, that is inclusive and equitable; for its citizens to live in an environment free of pollution and health hazards; with the support of the public and private sector, under a sector regulator.

In keeping with the timelines committed by the Policy, the workshop on Septage Management Policy, 2019 should start at the earliest without any further delay to remain track with the commitments made in the Policy and should be completed for all 652 ULBs at the pragmatically possible time period. The Policy envisages a key role at the district level from the Office of the District Magistrate including the ADM.

IDC has developed a workshop course curriculum, handout materials and templates on 2019 Septage Management Policy containing all the aspects to bring about a focus on the “service charter” alongside the infrastructure construction. The workshop will also cover the safety concerns of workers involved in sanitation activities. The workshops will also focus on preparation of the template of the City Septage Plan. This will help ULBs to submit their implementation plan as per the provisions laid by the policy.
Title:Development of Unnnao as a Faecal Sludge and Septage Management (FSSM) Model town and Septage Management Cell (SMC)
Partners:Unnao Nagar Palika Parishad, Uttar Pradesh
Year of the Project:December 2019 - Present
Description of the Assignment:In compliance with a Government Order by Urban Development Department, GoUP, the organisation took up Unnao NPP to develop it as a model town on Faecal Sludge and Septage Management (FSSM). On completion of the project Unnao shall be the only town in UP to have a complete FSSM value chain that is in accordance with the Uttar Pradesh State Septage Management Policy 2019 (UPSSMP 2019). This will facilitate all other ULBs of the state to move forward in the same direction and axheive the aims of the UPSSMP 2019 in totality by 2025.
Unnao already has a 32 KLD Faecal Sludge Treatment Plant (to be comissioned in 2020) but apart from the treatment, all other value chain elements are not in place. This renders the FSTP to be less effective than it’s actual potential.

As a foundation step, IDC has established a dedicated Septage Management Cell in the ULB office. This SMC is one of the infrastructural requirement mentioned in the UPSSMP 2019 and is vital to streamline and monitor all activities relating to FSSM in a ULB.

With IDC’s proprietary mobile app City Septage Information System (CSIS), the organisation is sweeping the ULB ward by ward to develop a database that shall be used to schedule the emptying services of the containment units.
Title:Development of a State Level Faecal Sludge and Septage Management (FSSM) Policy
Client:Urban Development Department, Government of Uttar Pradesh
Year of the Project:2018- 2019
Description of the Assignment:Currently, wastewater treatment capacity of Uttar Pradesh is 1,900 MLD. Another 2,400MLD is under different stages of implementation. Nearly 9 lakh Individual Household latrines (IHHLs) constructed over the last 4 years (as of 2018) warrant immediate attention on FSSM. Sanitation coverage (610 ULBs are completely dependent on septic tanks), with 72 lakh On-site Sewage Systems’ (OSS) requiring 5,000 MLD of septage cleaning annually, clearly highlight the magnitude of effort for addressing environmental and public health safety.

Given this context, IDC in the policy issued by GoUP, proposed a holistic approach for faecal sludge management (integrated/standalone) , as a way forward. It is therefore critical that essential and pro-active steps are planned. It is with this view that this 5-year FSSM policy (2019 – 2023) for Uttar Pradesh was conceived and prepared.

IDC under this policy aspires a goal of “All ULBs commit to continually adopt sustainable faecal sludge & septage services that is inclusive and equitable; for its citizens to live in an environment free of pollution and health hazards; with the support of the public and private sector, under a sector regulator”.

The policy also sets the direction for supportive actions to manage and deliver public health and environmental safety results, occupational health & safety issues, infrastructure, private sector engagement, financial sustainability and tariffs equivalent to existing taxation levels.

Further, IDC has been commissioned by the Urban Development Department of the Government of Uttar Pradesh to build capacities of the 652 Municipal Bodies across the state for implementation of Decentralized Solid Waste Management.