Technical assistance to Government of Tamil Nadu (India) to establish Technical Support Unit for urban sanitation in two model cities

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Tamil Nadu Urban Sanitation Support Programme (TNUSSP) -Technical Support Unit

TAMIL NADU URBAN SANITATION SUPPORT PROGRAMME (TNUSSP)

Background

Lack of adequate sanitation poses one of the greatest barriers for Tamil Nadu in achieving her full development potential, and ensuring high standards of public health for her citizens. While sewerage and treatment plants have received policy attention and investments in larger cities of the State, on-site systems that are the predominant household arrangements across the State, have received limited attention.
The Govt. of Tamil Nadu (GoTN) has been a pioneer in the sanitation sector by not only recognising the importance of full sanitation coverage as core to improved standards of public health, but has also prioritised the full sanitation chain, including the strengthening of septage management as an economical and sustainable complement to network-based sewerage systems. The State articulated the need to address total sanitation, and the “Namma Toilet” (“Our Own Toilet”) or Public Toilets were rolled out in urban areas in 2013. The GoTN was also the first Indian State to issue the Septage Management Operative Guidelines in September 2014.

About TNUSSP

In order to achieve the Sanitation Mission of Tamil Nadu, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) is supporting the GoTN by setting up a Technical Support Unit (TSU) within the Municipal Administration and Water Supply (MAWS) Department. The TSU implements the TNUSSP, a state-wide programme to make improvements along the entire urban sanitation chain in their planning, implementation and monitoring processes in Tamil Nadu. An Advisory Committee in MAWS Department guides the TSU, that works closely with State Agencies, ULBs, private enterprise and communities, to enable considerable experimentation on ground and testing of innovations especially in two model cities, while assisting State-level scaling up.

Programme Aim and Strategy

The TNUSSP supports the sanitation mission of the State by effecting improvements along the entire urban sanitation value chain in the State of Tamil Nadu, and by demonstrating innovations in two model urban locations.
A two-pronged approach is being adopted, focusing on two model urban locations to demonstrate on-ground city-wide sanitation transformation, while simultaneously creating a state-wide enabling environment, for the roll-out and scaling-up of innovations.
Scope of Programme Implementation
The programme is being implemented in Trichy and two town panchayats in Coimbatore – Periyanaicken-Palayam (PNP) and Narasimhanaicken-Palayam (NNP), that represent the two most significant typologies in the State for scaling up – the first, a large city that is partially sewered; and the latter, a cluster of smaller town panchayats.
In both locations, the programme is implementing projects and interventions along the full sanitation cycle, and city sanitation and investment plans are being prepared, in consultation with all stakeholders.
At the State level, there is substantial work being done towards creation of an enabling environment that across different components listed below.

Focus Areas

The TSU provides support for improved sanitation via the following programme components that are being implemented at the State level in the two model urban locations.
1. Improved Enabling Environment and Governance
2. Engineering and Planning
3. Implementation Support
4. Behaviour Change and Communication
5. Enterprise Development
6. Capacity Building and Training
7. Knowledge Management
8. Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation

The first phase of the programme is for two years (Nov 2015 – Oct 2017).

PARTNERS

TNUSSP is being implemented by a consortium of organisations, led by Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), and comprising IIHS, Gramalaya, Keystone Foundation, CDD. It is funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS)

The Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) is a national education institution committed to the equitable, sustainable and efficient transformation of Indian settlements. IIHS aims to establish an independently funded and managed National University for Research and Innovation focused on the challenges and opportunities of India’s urban transition. The proposed IIHS University will host an integrated programme of quality campus-based education and research, training and lifelong learning for working professionals, distance and blended learning, as well as a whole array of practice and advisory services. The university will have a strong interdisciplinary orientation bringing together theory and praxis that is grounded in the South Asian context and also engages with and draws from knowledge across the globe.

Consortium for DEWATS Dissemination (CDD) Society
The CDD Society is a non-governmental organisation, started in 2002 and registered formally as not-for-profit society in 2005. The consortium was formed with an agenda to find solutions to the existing sanitation challenges in India. This fulfils the aim of reducing the environmental burden due to pollution as a result of poor sanitation. To deal with untreated sewage, the consortium advocated the use of natural, biological treatment using as set of anaerobic and aerobic treatment technologies. The unique feature of Decentralised Wastewater Treatment Systems (DEWATS) was that it mimicked nature without the intervention of chemicals and mechanical elements.

Gramalaya

Gramalaya is a non-governmental organisation that has been operating in Thottiyam and Thathaiengarpet and Thuraiyur Block in the rural areas and in the slums of Tiruchirappalli City Corporation in Tiruchirappalli District since 1987. Health and hygiene education, promotion of Self Help Groups among rural, urban and tribal women, construction of low-cost latrines and safe water supply through micro-credit are the major activities of Gramalaya. The Government of India has approved Gramalaya as one of the National Key Resource Centres of the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation for providing training to Government officials in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

Keystone Foundation

Keystone Foundation has been working in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve (NBR) since 1993 with indigenous communities on eco-development initiatives. During the last couple of years, seven thematic areas have taken form, derived from the original idea of a holistic approach to the issues of livelihoods, conservation and enterprise. There are: Conservation, Livelihoods, Indigenous Peoples Programme, Appropriate Technology, Research, Information and Communication, Knowledge and Capacity Building, Finance and Administration and the Crosscutting Programmes of Pollination, Human-Wildlife Conflict, Water Resources, Health and Nutrition and Environmental Governance.

TSU-TNUSSP
7A, Chaitanya Exotica, 24/51, Venkatnarayana Road, T.Nagar, Chennai 600 017. INDIA.
Phone: +91 44 6630 5500/6555 6590 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Senior Specialist- Knowledge Management
Tamil Nadu Sanitation Support Programme (TNUSSP)
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Re: Tamil Nadu Urban Sanitation Support Programme (TNUSSP) -Technical Support Unit

Dear Harini,

Thanks for introducing this interesting project to us here on the Forum!

I looked it up a bit further and updated its entry in SuSanA's project database which now looks like this:
www.susana.org/en/resources/projects/details/295

I saw that the grant size by the Gates Foundation is close to 5 million USD. This sounds like a lot, although if you are doing full-scale implementation in two cities then it's not so much.

You told us that:

"The programme is being implemented in Trichy and two town panchayats in Coimbatore – Periyanaicken-Palayam (PNP) and Narasimhanaicken-Palayam (NNP), that represent the two most significant typologies in the State for scaling up – the first, a large city that is partially sewered; and the latter, a cluster of smaller town panchayats.
In both locations, the programme is implementing projects and interventions along the full sanitation cycle, and city sanitation and investment plans are being prepared, in consultation with all stakeholders."


Could you give us an update on the current status (the project started October 2015)? What are the main achievements so far? What are the main frustrations?

Which technologies are you looking at? Since CDD is one of the partners, I am expecting to see some DEWATS-type wastewater treatment systems... :whistle: (information for Forum newbies: We have a section on DEWATS here: forum.susana.org/35-anaerobic-treatment-...s-sanitation-systems )

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Re: Tamil Nadu Urban Sanitation Support Programme (TNUSSP) -Technical Support Unit

Hi Elisabeth,

Thank you for your interest in the TNUSSP. I have attached our brochure and programme leaftlets that provide the latest updates on the activities that we have been engaged with. We will be happy to answer any specific questions or queries.

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Harini

Senior Specialist- Knowledge Management
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