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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.

R&D and Technology Development

Scientific research is an essential part of robust waste management.  It is through the pursuance of research that the critical issues can be resolved. Cross-cutting research can result in new processes, technologies, practices in designs, operations and maintenance, etc.

When these technologies and practices are properly implemented across the entire waste management system through improved coordination and collaboration, they can help close the issues in the sector. CoE collaborates and performs joint research with stakeholders and partners across the entire waste management sector, including State and local agencies, industry, and not-for-profit institutions. The development and application of new technologies, designs, processes, and materials are critical to an effectively functioning system.

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.