Bhubaneswar: A team of 11 Senior Officers including 7 IAS Officers from Madhyapradesh were on a three days long 25-27 September exposer visit to Odisha . The three days long visit was organized by Odisha Urban Academy (OUA) intended to provide learning & exposure to the visitors on Odisha model for Faecal Sludge and Septage Management ,Solid Waste Management and Urban Rural Convergence in sanitation under 5T initiative.
On the Day One of visit had an orientation programme in OUA. Speaking on the occasion G Mathivathanan,Principal Secretary,H&UD enlightening them on urban transformation in Odisha , presented an overview of different Urban Sanitation and water initiatives, missions and programs in Odisha, and the emerging challenges of re-use of harvested bio solids.
Odisha is known for its pioneering Faecal Sludge & Sepatge Management (FSSM), especially decentralised community-led inclusive sanitation in the country. The State has built 118 faecal sludge treatment plants (FSTPs)/sewage treatment plants (STPs) across all 115 ULBs.
The State-wide roll-out of convergence of rural & urban sanitation is currently underway, he added. He further pointed the role of Odisha Urban Academy to strengthen the capacity building ecosystems in water, sanitation and inclusive urban development space.
Director Municipal Administration, Sangramajit Nayak made a detailed understanding of the various people centric programmes, FSSM value chain, Garima, the Dight platform and initiatives for urban-rural convergence being implemented in the State.
Among others Additional Secretary Durgesh Nadini Sahoo, Director Drinking Water & Sanitation B Parameswaran and others interacted with the deligates on various issues .
Following the meeting, the team visited the Odisha Urban Academy and the FSTP in Basuaghai, Bhubaneswar. On Day 2 after visiting some wealth centres in Bhubaneswar proceeded to Jatani ,Konark NAC on field visit and interacted with locals & NAC officials .Next day visited water treatment plant in Puri and discussed with Officials .