News and Events

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.

Acts and Rules

Regulatory Instruments for Solid Waste Management under the Environmental Protection Act

Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016

Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016

E-waste (Management) Rules, 2016

Bio-Medical Waste Management Rules,2016

Hazardous and Other Wastes (Management and Transboundary Movement) Rules, 2016

Construction and Demolition Waste Management Rules, 2016

Every ULB in India is having its own legislation for governance, planning development and assessment and taxation. The ULBs are committed to updating and modernizing their Municipal Acts and the rules framed under the Acts to best serve the citizens. Many of the ULBs are in this process. This section will provide information regarding the legislative frame work in which all ULBs in India operate and provide access to the Acts and Rules in different ULBs across India. The objective is to ensure that modern, effective and leading-edge legislation is in place for the ULBs in India.
The Constitution (Seventy – Fourth Amendment) Act, 1992
The Constitution (Seventy – Fourth Amendment) Act, 1992 Background
Model Municipal Law
Model Building Bye Laws
The Kerala Municipality Act, 1994*
Kerala Municipality Act & Rules

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.