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The Consul General Ms. Margit Hellwig-Bötte was invited by the Suchiwa Mission Kerala to hand over the certificates to the cities that have successfully completed their City Sanitation Plans. One of the main activity lines of the collaborative project of “Support to the National Urban Sanitation Policy II” of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) of the Government of India is to support states and cities in developing and implementing quality City Sanitation Plans.
For facilitating and strengthening this process, GIZ in cooperation with Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has developed a training and handholding programme on Preparation of City Sanitation Plans.
10 out of the 14 cities in Kerala managed to complete their CSP on time, Kochi being the most advanced of them.
Kochi was among the 20 winning cities in the first round of the national flagship programme of Ministry of Urban Development, Smart Cities Mission. The Government of India and the Government Germany have selected Kochi as one of the Smart Cities to be supported by the German Development Cooperation.
In Kerala, GIZ has partnered with Suchitwa Mission, Local Self Government Department, Govt. of Kerala to take the process of preparation of City Sanitation Plans (CSP) ahead. 14 Urban Local Bodies were identified to participate in a Training and Handholding Programme with the objective to prepare a CSP identifying the main issues in the sanitation sector and planning for solutions.
The implementation of the state strategies, citywide sanitation plans, the Solid Waste Management Rules 2016, corresponding manual and the resulting concrete solutions will ultimately decrease land and water pollution and improve the sanitation situation in Indian cities, thereby supporting the Government of India’s vision of a “Swachh Bharat” (Clean India).