With recent acceleration in making Chhattisgarh open defecation free (ODF), as a part of the Swachh Bharat Mission, the state is experiencing a paradigm shift in rural sanitation; with almost 90% of the gram panchayats declared ODF. However, to sustain the ODF status, the need to manage the solid and liquid waste is significant.
In Durg district of Chhattisgarh, apart from providing technical support attaining and sustaining ODF status, there has been an intensive focus on Solid and Liquid Water Management (SLWM) across the villages. Along with creating community awareness and building the capacity of various stakeholders, a wide range of technical solutions for waste management is the key focus.
The park comprises various models for waste management that are cost-effective, easy to construct and maintain, as well as can be adopted in a rural setup without much difficulty.Keeping in view the growing need to manage waste, WaterAid India’s partner, Lokshakti, developed a park in the district to demonstrate the various models and systems for solid and liquid waste management.
The park is now being used as an effective information dissemination tool for a number of villages in the district. Recently, the Zila Panchayat (District Council) motivated the Panchayati Raj Institution members and the Village Secretaries to visit the park and understand the various available options for SLWM. Also, delegations from other government and government organisations have visited the park in order to develop a state strategy document for SLWM.
Apart from this initiative, Lokshakti is also using information, education and communication tools, such as a mobile van, to promote various models of waste management and to create awareness on the same. Considering the effectiveness of the park, other waste management options will soon be added so as to provide a one-stop solution for all SLWM issues.