CS chairs 1st SLAP meet on Swachh Bharat Mission

Chief Secretary, B R Sharma Tuesday chaired the first meeting of the State Level Apex Committee (SLAP) for implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) here.
The Chief Secretary asked all the concerned Urban Local Bodies including JMC and SMC to move forward with a sense of urgency on the Mission so that open defecation in the state is completely eliminated and a modern and scientific infrastructure is established for waste management, an official spokesman said.
In addition to the availability of central and state funds for the Mission, the Chief Secretary also called for exploring additional resource mobilization from private sector participation, beneficiary share, CSR and other modes of external assistance.
“In SBM, projects under PPP are encouraged to invite private capital in urban infrastructure as well as to bring in private sector efficiency in delivery of urban services, operation and maintenance,” he said.
Commissioner Secretary H&UDD, Bipul Pathak briefed the Committee on the progress achieved in the implementation of the Mission. He said the state has adopted cluster-based approach for scientific management of solid waste in all urban centres of the state.
On eliminating open defecation, Pathak said the department has already received applications from individual households for availing the toilet facilities under the Mission.
In this regard, the Committee asked the department to work out a standardised type design of the toilet unit along with its viable cost.

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