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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.

Strategy And Framework for SWM & WWM

Strategy and Framework on SWM for ULBs in India
One of the objectives of CoE was to develop Strategy and Framework for MSW Management in India. The two main components that drive the SWM are the strategy adopted and the technology applied. Though there is known technology for the processing of solid waste, a well defined strategy is generally absent. Thus development of strategy is critical for effective waste management. In developing the strategy and framework, the primary focus was on decentralized waste management and establishment of centralised systems wherever decentralised activities are not possible, especially in highly urbanised and large cities. A general strategy once developed by integrating the experiences from cities manifesting different waste characteristics will help us to formulate locale-specific strategies for a particular ULB.
Strategy and Framework for MSW Management is meant for policy-decision makers, planners and other functionaries of ULBs to formulate programmes and procedures for SWM. It explains the different types of solid wastes, its characteristics and strategy to be adopted in each step and the framework for each activity components. Each activity components are analysed on the background of field experiences and tried to incorporate those learnings in to the strategy and framework document. The strategy and framework is developed through analysing the secondary information, discussions with municipal functionaries and experts and also integrating the experiences of CED in working with the ULBs.

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.