Date: July 3, 2023
Operation and maintenance of the FSSM infrastructure (FSTPs and co-treatment units) is the biggest priority now, as 40 out of 62 plants are ready to operate. Engineering work is over and now it is all about the handover of the plant from the implementing agency to the concerned ULB, ULBs to take responsibility for the plants, ensuring sludge reaches the plants (importance of collaborating with the private desludgers), setting a regulatory framework (importance of having a city-level FSSM #byelaws), a city level plan for desludging for the cities (importance of looping in all the institutions, Community Toilets and Public Toilets), ensuring ease of raising a request for desludging for the customer/citizen (an easy business model), citizen engagement and a monitoring system. The list is long and the solutions are not easy to come quickly.
In order to shed light on the above issues and their solutions, a one day workshop on 3rd July for all AMRUT towns was organized jointly by CSE and AMRUT. The workshop was aimed at discussing issues around operations and maintenance of FSSM projects under AMRUT and set a future action plan. This is part of the process being followed in UP to ensure the effective operation and maintenance of the FSSM Plants.. The Workshop was chaired by Director, Local Bodies Directorate/State Mission Director, SBM (U) and co-chaired by Additional Mission Director, AMRUT. Participants from around 30 ULBs were present during the workshop and included Executive Officers, Engineers from Jal Nigam and Jal Kal Vibhag. The workshop was also attended by few contractors responsible for the construction of the FSTPs and co-treatment plants.