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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 Courses

Training on Solid Waste Management

The training need assessment revealed wide gap between the present and expected knowledge levels. With a view to create awareness, a two weeks training on Solid Waste Management has been formulated by CED and the Curriculum and Course Material had been submitted to MoUD, GoI to get advice and suggestions. The MoUD experts had reviewed the course material and had given their suggestions which were incorporated in the course material. This national training programme was formally inaugurated on 24th June, 2010 at Thiruvananthapuram by Dr C.T.S. Nair, Executive Vice President and Principal Secretary, Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment.    The first training was conducted at CED, Thiruvananthapuram which was inaugurated by Shri C Jayan Babu, Worshipful Mayor, Thiruvananthapuram Corporation.

The Course Material prepared for this purpose is a comprehensive document on the subject. It includes all the key areas of the subject like classification of solid waste, process of SWM, legal framework, waste generation aspects and composition, segregation, collection and transport, technological options for waste management/treatment/disposal, reduction, recovery and the strategy and framework for integrated SWM.

Training on Wastewater Management

The training course on Wastewater Management has focus on grey water treatment, reuse and policy aspects covers the following topics. It covers topics like Importance of Wastewater management, Grey water disposal practices, Composition of grey water, Grey water treatment technologies, Policies and regulation, Strategy and Framework for grey water reuse, Roles and responsibilities, Infrastructure requirement, Site profile for treatment plants, IEC for grey water reuse

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.