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Bhubaneswar Becomes 1st City in India to get ISO Certification for FSSM services

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Bhubaneswar Becomes First City in India to Get ISO Certification for Faecal Sludge and Septage ManagementBhubaneswar, Capital of Odisha became the First City in the Country to get ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 9001:2015 Certification for Faecal Sludge and Septage Management (FSSM) services.   Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) was the first civic body to implement FSSM regulations in Odisha.

Note – Jenaidah is the first city in the world to get ISO certification for FSSM. Bhubaneswar is 2nd in the world and 1st city in India in this regard.

Key Points:

i.29 private cesspool vehicles along with BMC cesspool vehicles provided FSSM services in all the 67 wards of the Bhubaneswar.

ii.BMC partnered with Centre for Advocacy and Research (CFAR), a Non-Profit Organization for the purpose.

iii.For safe disposal and treatment of faecal sludge, the city has an efficient 75 KLD Septage Treatment Plant which has maintained the consistency of more than 100% utilization for last one year.

National Policy on Faecal Sludge and Septage Management (FSSM):

The National Policy on Faecal Sludge and Septage Management (FSSM) was launched by the Ministry of Urban Development in 2017.

ISO Certificate Bubaneswar

Objective of FSSM:

i.To ensure that all Indian cities and towns become totally sanitized, health and liveable and ensure sustenance of good sanitation practices.

ii.It will be achieved through improving Onsite Sanitation Services to achieve optimum public health status and maintain a clean environment with special focus on the poor.

iii.FSSM Plans are part of AMRUT (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation) State Level Implementation Plans.

Specific Milestones:

  • To Achieve 100% access to safe sanitation.
  • Achieving Integrated Citywide Sanitation.
  • Sanitary and Safe Disposal
  • Awareness Generation and Behaviour Change

Implementation Guidelines:

i.Each State Government Will develop Guidelines, Framework, objectives, timelines and implementation plans to address septage management. Urban Local Bodies (ULB) in the state will implement the Guidelines prepared by the State Governments.

ii.Government of India may provide assistance for funding FSM projects as part of urban development schemes and programs.

iii.State Governments may also facilitate involvement of Public Private Partnership (PPP) relationship framework to raise adequate financing and sustainability of FSSM projects.

Recent Related News:

i.On 12th September 2020, Government of Odisha signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) to promote and manage the farmer producer organisations with the central sector scheme.

About Odisha:

Chief Minister – Naveen Patnaik

Governor – Ganeshi Lal