With a vision to ensure that the towns are sanitized, healthy and liveable and sustain public health for all the citizens, the Government have brought to focus, access to safe sanitation including open defecation free and garbage free environment.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister’s vision is to provide piped and pressurized 24x7 water supply to all the citizens and ensure that 100% of them have access to safe sanitation including open defecation free and garbage free environment.
In this regard, among various measures to achieve the aforementioned goal, the Commissionerate of Municipal Administration has designed a universal toilet for the urban residents of Tamil Nadu, especially the urban poor at large.
The Commissioner of Municipal Administration engaged the National Institute of design, Ahmedabad to conduct a “Study of cultural Appropriateness in Tamil Nadu”. The findings from this study, along with inputs of several other users, field officers, industrial designers, architects, material experts and branding and marketing specialists were utilized to develop this unique centric toilet design namely “Namma Toilet”.
The toilet module is pre-fabricated such that it can be easily installed onsite in the shortest time.
During the year 2012-13, the Government has sanctioned a sum of ₹8.19 crore for construction of 333 units of well-designed differently abled user friendly toilets in public buildings in 108 Municipalities.
During 2012-13 a sum of ₹50.89 crore was released to the Corporations and Municipalities for the improvement of 652 existing toilets and construction of 404 new toilets with special initiatives like universal designs, e-toilets, waterless urinals to conserve water. This scheme will be continued during the year 2013-14 at a cost of ₹50.00 crore.
The Government has given a major thrust to Solid Waste Management. Under IUDM a total sum of ₹187.18 crore have been allocated to the Urban Local Bodies to strengthen primary collection and transportation of Municipal Solid Waste. 199 Tipper Lorries, 175 dumper placer vehicles, 71 compactors, 58 front end loaders, 12 Sullage lorries, 4528 push carts, 857 tricycles, 10420 Bins have been procured to augment the collection and transportation system.
The Government has also announced Waste to Energy Project for Tirunelveli Corporation and the Detailed Project Report has been prepared at an estimated cost of ₹55 crore and is to be implemented.
Transaction Advisor has been appointed for the implementation of Municipal Solid Waste Management Projects in 6 identified clusters namely, Tiruchirappalli, Tiruppur, Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Vellore, and Nagercoil.
The policy on Integrated Solid Waste Management is under consideration of Government. This will be taken up for implementation soon. As directed by the Hon’ble Chief Minister a special Solid Waste Management Fund will be constituted with a sum of ₹100 Crore for financing projects in weak Urban Local Bodies during 2013-14.