BMC Declares ODF Status for Temple City

Bhubaneswar/ January 03 – MoHUA will then carry out the “Swachh Certification for SBM ODF++” process. petrol pump owners and others to come forward and contribute towards the city’s beautification drives and make it one of the most beautiful, clean and green cities of the country through public-private partnership (PPP) model.In his inspiring speech, he called upon all stakeholders and officials of BMC and other city authorities to win people’s trust and work towards building world-class facilities as the city is getting a good name in the world of sports. He also requested BMC to go for more and more urinals at major locations where people tend to go for urinating often and making the environment odd. In his speech, BMC Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhary said “with the ODF ++ declaration we are also going to request our citizens to become more and more responsible to make the Temple City clean, green and good urban habitat.

• 20 urinals at major places across Bhubaneswar by March-end “

We have already launched a “Go Green Campaign’’ to sensitize out citizens not to create more non-biodegradable wastes and they have responded positively.’’Gifting “seed card’’ on this occasion to the attending delegates at the BMC Conference Hall here, the Municipal Commissioner also added that if we can start adopting small ideas like this in our daily life then we can create more greenery and beautify the city as well as fight climate change threats.  No toilet of any kind is found to be discharged in open drains/land/water bodies Regular and safe emptying of faecal matter contained in onsite sanitation structures at least once in two years, either by ULB / Development Authority / Cantonment Board or by licensed operators contracted by the respective administration/authority Safe conveyance and treatment of all faecal sludge, whether at a faecal sludge and septage treatment plant or nearby STP via co-treatment of septage with conventional wastewater/sewage or co-treatment with solid waste at SWM treatment plant, and is treated as per Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) standards or as amended by the state PCB Sewer networks, where existing, are maintained as per norms, with all overflow/ leakage issues resolved within 6 hours of being brought to notice All transmitted sewage is treated at a sewage treatment plant, Seed cards are beautiful cards made from handmade paper which contains seeds inside. When a user throws away the cards in the open the seeds germinate and thus more trees are added to the existing plants in the environment automatically.He also declared that BMC was already planning to develop urinals at 20 major city locations after carrying out a baseline study on the “urinating points’’ and they would be ready by March 31. “Next six months after March there would be more additions to the plan,’’ he added.The BMC has so far created nearly 1,700 functional toilet seats. While 226 toilets are under construction,  Cities that have been certified ODF at least once (on the basis of the SBM ODF Protocol laid down by MOHUA) shall be eligible to declare themselves as SBM ODF++ and apply for certification of SBM ODF++ status. Once a city/town fulfills necessary conditions, the Municipal Commissioner / Chairperson / Chief Officer may declare the city/town as SBM ODF+, pass a resolution or issue a notification and communicate the same to MoHUA through State Government. The State government may, at their discretion, take up third party verification before MoHUA’s verification process.  The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) today declared it open defecation free (ODF) ++ city. Announcing this BMC Administrator and Director Municipal Administration (DMA) of the Odisha Government Sangramjit Nayak said following the declaration the ODF ++ status will be open for Third-Party verification.Saying that it was never an ultimate destination to have the ODF ++ status in the kitty of the largest civic body of Odisha,  as per norms (not applicable if city does not have sewer network) Sewage/septage treatment facilities are operated and maintained as per norms Where sewer networks do not exist, no discharging and/or dumping of untreated faecal waste in the open environment—water bodies, drains, open land, etc. Treated sludge is disposed of at designated site .the senior administrator from Housing and Urban Development Department also added that gradually BMC will proceed towards applying for the Garbage Free Cities (GFC) Star Rating as it is always setting a benchmark of its own in the State and has become a role model for others. He also asked the Sanitation team of BMC to get ready for the battle of all-India ranking as the 2020 Swachha Sarvekshyan Survey will comprising 6,000 marks. It can be mentioned here that while the 2020 survey will involve 4830 urban local bodies this year, the GFC Star Rating will have a seven-star rating program for making Indian cities garbage free.Mentioning the faecal sludge treatment plant (FSTP) at Basuaghai as one of the state-of-the-art facilities of city, which has invited great appreciation from other cities and the Centre, he called upon all stakeholders of the city, i.e. hotel associations,  In case of failure in certification, a one-month cooling o period (from date of certification failure) shall be applied before the respective city may again request for SBM ODF++ certification.The third-party certification will be valid for six (6) months, after which the re-assessment and recertification process will be carried out every 6 months.the toilets are coming under public, community, e-toilets and toilets at petrol pumps across the city.  Self-declarations from ten citizen categories(five representatives in each category) that the city fulfills all conditions for SBM ODF++.(Citizen categories – Resident Welfare Associations, School Principal, Non-Governmental Organisations, Private Sector Organisations, Senior Central Government/Public Sector Bank Officials, Hospital Authorities, Primary Health Centre In-Charge, Market Association, Hotel Owners/ Managers, Shop Owners, Mall Owners/Managers, Petrol Pump Owners/Managers, Angwanwadi Workers) Desludging operator gives a declaration that they are registered with and licensed by the ULB (18 Nos). City municipal administration must pass a preliminary resolution or issue a notification.Following such resolution/notification, a suitable public announcement must be made for the same as well inviting public feedback/objection with a fifteen-day timeline. If no substantial objections are received at the end of this time, a final resolution is adopted by the city municipal administration and the same is communicated to state government. MoHUA will take up independent verification and validation for “Swachh Certification for SBM ODF++” through a third party agency. All these toilets are having child-friendly facilities and are suitable for use by senior citizens, men, women, and transgender communities. On the other hand, applications for 11,914 individual household latrines (IHHL) were received and out of which all were constructed and geo-tagged.