Berhampur, Oct 20 (LocalWire) In an effort to ensure financial inclusion of women, the Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BeMC) has decided to handover the management of city’s Septage Treatment Plant (SeTP) at Mahuda to Women Self-Help Groups (SHGs).
The aim of the initiative, perhaps for the first time in the country , is to ensure financial inclusion of women SHGs in the urban areas which will open a window for the groups to be entrepreneurs in sanitation value chain, BeMC commissioner Chakravarti Singh Rathore said .
BeMC had organized a two day evaluation and orientation programme among the shortlisted SHGs here recently to select the group for maintenance and operation of the SeTP.
They had visited the SePT before the programme. Out of 70 SHGs, who had offered to take the task, the civic body had shortlisted four considering their performance.
After selection, the woman SHG would undergo two months training on management of the SePT and would be given the charge after government approval, the sources said.
The BeMC has established a 40-kld SeTP at Mahuda on the outskirts here with an investment of Rs two-crore which now produces compost on trial basis.
Stating that BeMC has been a torch bearer as far as involving local women SHGs in sanitation value chain, sources said so far 26 groups have been entrusted the management of 36 community toilets in the city.
There are 1600 SHGs functioning in the city.
This will help create an example to involve women SHGs for operation and maintain of SeTPs, said an engineer of Odisha Water Supply and Sewerage Board (OWSSB) ,the nodal agency for setting up and managing all SeTPs in the state.
Odisha is the pioneer in liquid waste management by establishing a structured FSSM (Faecal Sludge and Septage Management) .
The State Housing and Urban Development department had planned to achieve hundred per cent scientific disposal of faecal sludge and septage across 114 ULBs including the all five municipal corporations -Berhampur, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Sambalpur and Rourkela.