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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.

Training Institutions

Training Institutions in Urban Sector

Centre for Environment and Development (CED)
Vattiyoorkavu P.O,
Thiruvananthapuram , Kerala, India
Pin: 695013
Phone: 0471 2369720, 2369721, 2369722,
Fax: +91 -471-2369720
Website: http://

International Institute of Waste Management (IIWM)
Samaj Sewa Nyas Building, E-8, Extension, Area Colony, Bhopal,
Madhya Pradesh, India.
Pin: 462039
Phone: 0755-2422360
Fax: +354 5635610

Centre for Continuing education
Indian Institute of Science,
Bangalore, Karnataka, India.
Pin: 560 012
Phone: 91 080 2932491,
Fax: 91 080 3600911

Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI)
Bella Vista,
Raj Bhavan Road,
Hyderabad, India.
Pin: 500 082
Phone: +91-40-66533000
Fax: +91-40-23312954
Website :

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.