CSE conducts training for municipal officials from 10 cities of Andhra Pradesh
Training aims to equip officials in preparing City Sanitation Plans (CSPs)
CSE, GIZ, Govt of AP and Ministry of Urban Development, Govt of India
Initiative aimed at improving the sanitation in small and medium towns in Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Kerala and Maharastra.
Vijayawada, October 16: The second stage training for preparing City Sanitation Plan (CSP) was held at Vijayawada from October 14 to 16, 2015. The training was organised by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) and GIZ New Delhi in coordination with the Municipal Administration and Urban Development Department, Govt of Andhra Pradesh and Ministry of Urban Development, Govt of India. The programme was launched by Mr. K. Kanna Babu, IAS, Director of the Municipal Administration, Andhra Pradesh, along with Dr. Suresh Kumar Rohilla, Programme Director, CSE and Ms. Sarah Habersack, Technical Advisor, GIZ.
In his address, Mr. Babu stated that sanitation was one of the top priorities of the state government and therefore the state had launched the ‘Swachh Andhra Mission’. The vision is of the government was “to make the cities of AP world class, defecation-free, healthy, hygienic and safe for one and all”. He appealed to the urban local bodies to work towards making the state clean and hygienic before the next ‘Krishna Nadi Pushkaralu’ scheduled to be held in August 2016 on the banks of River Krishna.
Mr. Rohilla said that that all towns and cities should aim to achieve city wide sanitation. “CSPs should connect society and plan towards sustainable and affordable water-waste management,” he said. Ms. Sarah GIZ highlighted the need for developing systematic CSPs to improve sanitation condition of cities. She added, “Germany shares the vision of India to make its cities healthy and hygienic by improving its sanitation conditions. CSP in this context is an important tool of planning that has been designed to help decision makers plan and take informed decisions that have more chance of success.”
The training was attended by city officials from 10 urban local bodies from across the state of Andhra Pradesh. These are: Anantpur, Amlapuram, Bhimavaram, Nellore, Nasaraopet, Nandyal, Eluru, Kakinada, Kadiri and Chilakarapet.
Why is CSP is important?
Preparing a quality CSP is challenging as it needs the involvement of various agencies, participation of various stakeholders including citizen-representatives of citizen and for its implementing capital investments, adjustments of by-laws, strengthened administrative structures and adequate expertise are necessary.
Understanding the challenges and the need for capacity development, GIZ developed a training module for the elected representatives, decision makers and technical staff on how to develop a city owned - City Sanitation Plan or CSP as a tool for sustainable urban development.
CSE and GIZ are collaborating on ‘Capacity enhancement on preparation of City Sanitation Plan (CSP) and Septage Management for city officials. The two year partnership (2014-16) is part of the GIZ Sustainable Habitat Programme – Support to National Urban Sanitation Policy (SNUSP) II and CSE initiative aimed at improving the sanitation situation in small and medium towns in select states of India namely – Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Kerala and Maharastra.
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