Since 2010, Trichy has been ranked among the top sanitised cities in India with the efforts of the municipal cooperation, NGOs, Women’s Self-Help Groups (SHGs) and other stakeholders. It claimed the sixth spot amongst Indian cities in the Government of India’s Swachhta Survey in 2015-16.
Trichy is a major tier II city in Tamil Nadu, which is covered by a sewerage system in parts. To achieve 100% sanitation, it needs sustainable septage management solutions. This is why Trichy was chosen to be a model demonstration city. The project will then scale up state-wide to other city corporations, based on the success of innovations in Trichy.
Focus on the full cycle of storage, collection, transport, treatment and safe end-use or disposal of toilet contents, will complement Trichy’s existing sewage treatment facilities and rapidly move the city towards 100% sanitation. Some of the principles of the programme are:
- Getting Trichy on a path to achieving safely managed sanitation for all by 2030 (SDG Goal 6)
- Focus on sanitation as utility service than infrastructure development
- Make sure everybody benefits from safe, sustained, equitable sanitation services.