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State of Kerala became the third State overall and the largest State so far to be declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) under the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) (Gramin). With a rural population of approximately 3.5 crores, is also the largest State so far to have achieved the ODF Status, after Sikkim (~6 lakhs) and Himachal Pradesh (~70 lakhs)
The aim of the mission is to provide basic civic amenities like water supply, sewerage, urban transport, parks as to improve the quality of life for all especially the poor and the disadvantaged. The focus of the Mission is on infrastructure creation that has a direct link to provision of better services to the citizens.
The Government of India has launched the Smart Cities Mission on 25 June 2015.The objective is to promote sustainable and inclusive cities that provide core infrastructure and give a decent quality of life to its citizens, a clean and sustainable environment and application of ‘Smart’ Solutions.
Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) launched on 2nd October, 2014. Urban (SBM-U), aims at making urban India free from open defecation and achieving 100% scientific management of municipal solid waste in 4,041 statutory towns in the country.

Centre of Excellence

The Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India has established Centres of Excellence (CoEs) in the area of Urban Development Untitledand Urban Transport in reputed institutions in the country to create the necessary knowledge base for improving municipal service delivery and management. The basic objective of these CoEs is to foster cutting edge and cross cutting research,capacity building and technical knowledge base in the area of urban development. The CoEs will address urban development issues at national, state and local levels and will provide support to states and local governments.

The Ministry has sanctioned a Centre of Excellence to Centre for Environment and Development (CED) on “Solid Waste and Wastewater Management” considering its expertise and experience in these sectors.

The main objective of the CoE at CED is to develop:
(i) Strategy and Framework for Solid Waste and Wastewater Management in the ULBs
(ii) Capacity Building and Training to different target groups, and
(iii) Establishment of a Knowledge Centre on SWM and WWM.

Mission of CoE at CED

To Support the Urban Local Bodies in the Country for Solid Waste and Wastewater Management through Research and Technological Inputs, Capacity Building, Training, Awareness Generation and Knowledge & Information Support to Create Clean and Green Cities

Centre for Environment and Development, Thiruvananthapuram (CED) is the Centre of Excellence (CoE) of Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India on“Solid Waste and Wastewater Management”. The main objective of the CoE is to develop (i) Strategy and Framework for Solid Waste Management (SWM) and Wastewater Management (WWM) in the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) of India (ii) Capacity Building and Training to different target groups and (iii) Establishment of a Knowledge Centre on Solid Waste and Wastewater Management.