WaterAid India (WAI) in partnership with International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and supported by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be implementing a first of its kind project in New Delhi. The on ground implementing partner in this initiative, will be the Centre for Urban and Regional Excellence (CURE) India.
The grant covers a period of two years to address small scale, decentralised Faecal Sludge Management (FSM) in the Savda Ghevra locality, which was originally built in 2006 to rehabilitate families living in slums along the River Yamuna.
Savda Ghevra, a low income resettlement colony, has no existing sewer network or a sewage treatment plant as part of its master plan. While half the existing homes are connected to septic tanks and de-sludge them annually paying a private service provider, the rest discharge sludge directly into open drains. A smaller fraction of homes still resort to open defecation. The locality has 13 poorly maintained community toilets as well.
The grant will allow WAI and IWMI with CURE to address the existing issues, by directly impacting the lives of 20,000 people in 4,000 homes under six blocks, while creating a viable business chain model for collection, treatment, transport and reuse of faecal sludge. The sludge generated will be treated and channelled to yield safe water for discharge into the ground, and generate manure out of solid waste. Efforts will also be on to explore uses for the treated solid waste beyond manure generation.
The project seeks to develop community ownership with educational programmes on FSM, and community engagement. A stakeholder management platform will be developed to allow the voices of the community to come to the fore to help them address and own local water, sanitation and hygiene issues: both prevalent and emergent. The grant will be used to further drive adoption and expansion of demonstrated options among concerned government departments, build capacities, influence policy and stimulate awareness on handling and managing FSM within Delhi and other urban areas in low income settlements. This will be closely coordinated with the Delhi Jal Board and Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board who regulate the resettlement zones.
All business plans shall be developed with community consultations and service providers to cover long term operation and management plans, financial and management systems and protocols. Already existing service providers will also be included to provide last mile connectivity to the system. WAI shall engage with the service providers and local bodies in an effort to incorporate such decentralised models of FSM into their future development planning. The entire project takes a modular approach to enhance investments incrementally and scale up the solutions provided to more households in the future.
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