Bhubaneshwar, June 17, 2012: The multi-crore Odisha Integrated Sanitation Improvement Project will see the State Government create low-cost toilets and physical infrastructure in slums of the Twin Cities in the first phase.
Under the Rs 945-crore project, which has already got underway, the Government has constituted a sanitation improvement team (SIT) and the first task is to conduct a baseline survey to understand the hygiene habits of residents of the two cities. Basing on the baseline survey, the Government plans to construct low-cost toilets and infrastructure for slums.
The project monitoring committees of the two cities will chalk out the details of the sanitation units as well as identify the slums where the physical infrastructure would be developed. Most of the units will be located where there is more public demand.
Aware that the project implementation will lead to discontent among the people because of imposition of restrictions on movements, the Housing and Urban Development Department has been asked to launch an information, education and communication (IEC) campaign and put in place a grievance redressal system.
The project, which is being funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), aims at installation of three sewerage treatment plants in Cuttack and a sewer line network of 321 km with a pumping capacity of 45 million litres per day (MLD). Six sewerage treatment plants would come up in Bhubaneswar with 180-km sewer lines. The pumping capacity will be 50 MLD. (Source: Express News Service)