Baripada, Jan 31 (LocalWire): The Baripada municipality here is providing training to women members of different self-help groups to ensure proper sanitation in town.
After the training, the civic body will engage them to take care of the city’s sanitation work.
In the first phase, ten women members will be engaged to operate and manage the Septage Treatment Plant (SeTP) at Raghunathpur at Baripada town, a senior official of the civic body told LocalWire.
They will receive monthly remuneration.
Engagement of women self-help group members in the sanitation sector, including Faecal Sludge and Septage Management (FSSM) has been one of the top priorities of the state government for ensuring financial inclusion.
A few districts across the State are setting up the FSSM and Baripada is one of them.
The Baripada SeTP has been functioning since January 2020. The plant can treat 50, 000 litres of septage daily.
According to Saroj Kumar Das, the Executive Officer of Baripada municipality, the FSSM is of immense importance considering the health and environmental impact of ground and surface water pollution caused by the disposal of untreated septage.
Thus, the treatment of faecal sludge or septage before disposal is crucial.
The Executive Officer said that at present, the Operation and Management (O&M) of the SeTP is being done by the Odisha Water Supply and Sewerage Board (OWSSB).
However, the municipality is exploring the possibility of handing over the O&M of the SeTP to a potential Area Level Federation (ALF) of women Self-Help Groups (SHGs).
He further said that the municipality had organised several rounds of consultations and orientations in this regard along with an assessment to screen and identify potential SHGs for the same.
The ULB recently organised a training for 30 SHG members on the existing entrepreneurial opportunities in the sanitation sector.
The SHG members were made aware of the mechanism, execution and management of the SeTP and were also taken on a revelation visit to the SeTP.
The municipality has also established a Sanitation Cell through which the citizens can requisition for cesspool vehicle service at Rs 1000 per trip, he said.
In addition, to meet the requests of citizens residing in narrow lanes with limited accessibility for cesspool vehicles, the ULB is exploring the use of a double booster pump that will help in emptying septic tanks from an additional 300 feet distance, thus increasing access.
The ULB has also been undertaking Information Education and Communication (IEC) activities from time to time to create awareness among citizens and service providers on FSSM and the hazards of indiscriminate disposal of faecal sludge and septage.
Edited by Meenal Singh