India has around 7,000 towns with less than 1 million population and almost all of these towns do not have an efficient underground sewerage system...
Sinnar, an industrial town in Maharashtra was struggling with multiple challenges related to sanitation. CEPT University and All India Institute of Local Self-Government (AIILSG) started working closely with the Sinnar Municipal Council to tackle these challenges with an innovative solution.
The collaborative effort has resulted in a model which can make many towns and cities across the state Open Defecation Free + (ODF+) and ODF++ with their own funds. To achieve ODF+ status, Sinnar implemented a Faecal Sludge and Septage Management plan through Public Private Partnership (PPP). The city municipal council now plans to make Sinnar ODF++ by planning to take care of the transport and treatment of its wastewater.
Close collaboration with the government and community made CEPT developed model a huge success in Sinnar. Sinnar today implements scheduled emptying of septage and plans to build a faecal sludge treatment facility.