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Bihar government joins hands with CSE to manage sewage in Ganga basin cities

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PATNA: The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), the Bihar Urban Development Department and the State Namami Gange Department have partnered to provide handholding support to cities for preparing their city-wide sanitation plans with effective septage management.

The initiative aims to build capacity of municipal functionaries from the cities of Buxar, Katihar, Muzaffarpur and Bodh Gaya in Bihar, along with eight other cities in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Uttarakhand.

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“There should be a convergence in the preparation of City Sanitation Plans between the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), Swacch Bharat Mission, Namami Gange and the Smart Cities programme. Each city can and should set up a ‘Swacch City Stakeholders Task Force’ to ensure sustainable sanitation programming,” Programme Director, Urban Water Management, CSE, Suresh Rohilla, said today.

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CSE has proposed to set up India’s first referral laboratory for faecal waste to support planning, design and implementation of effective faecal waste management systems and mainstreaming decentralised wastewater treatment.

CSE will also develop an independent Ganga monitoring plan to support pollution abatement efforts already being pursued under Namami Gange programme by the Central and state governments.

India’s ambitious Swacch Bharat Mission has targeted 400 cities that are likely to become Open Defecation Free (ODF) by the end of 2016.

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