SME Times News Bureau | 25 Apr, 2019
Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and
Sanitation, Government of India today urged the private
sector to exploit the potential of the Indian sanitation market which is likely
to reach US$ 60 billion by 2021.
Speaking at the '3rd FICCI-ISC
Sanitation Awards and India Sanitation Conclave', Iyer said that the
government is working on four verticals to achieve the target of ODF which
include fecal sludge management; rural piped water supply; grey water
management and solid waste management.
He further added that all this will require active participation
of the corporate sector to invest in the treatment and waste management.
The government will also provide swachh credit facility to small
entrepreneurs involved in the business of rural waste management, said Iyer.
Mr Iyer emphasised that the UN
Sustainable Development Goal-6 of ensuring access to water and sanitation, will
be achieved mainly through the collective effort of all and partnerships.
"Persistence is very important to sustain all the gains for achieving
ODF," he said.
Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of
Housing & Urban Affairs, Government of India said that the government is
working to launch the new standard ODF Special after ODF++ which will provide
complete solution standards.
It is in the process of setting the benchmarks and ODF Special
will be part of the next round of Swachh Survekshan, he said.
Mishra also added that under the Garbage Free City protocol,
total 377 cities have been awarded 3 stars; 3 states with 5 stars rating and
many are in the process for 7 stars.
Today we have more than 95% toilets coverage in the country said
Mr Mishra and added that total 19 states have made fecal sludge management
policy, and this has led to lower cost in treating and managing the waste.
He highlighted that 23 States/UTs and 95% of 4,300 cities are
ODF declared, total 377 cities have been ODF certified and 167 cities have been
certified as ODF++.