Burgeoning urbanisation coupled with policy implementation gaps have resulted in growing disparities in the provision of public infrastructure services in urban areas of India.

A study of 360 safai karamcharis employed with the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai suggests that policies aimed at uplifting conservancy work may actually be institutionalising caste-based occupations. This article describes the situation that keeps generations of safai karamcharis in this occupation, and recommends practical solutions to break the vicious cycle. - See more at: http://www.epw.in/journal/2017/13/perspectives/safai-karamcharis-aviciou...

This report is based on a performance assessment of 20 major Indian cities in terms of the operational effectiveness of the urban services being delivered to its citizens.

Dehradun: A ‘Swachh Survekshan’ undertaken by the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) to rank cities based on their progress under the Swachh Bharat Mission has started.

One third of the 60,000 children, who die globally, due to lack of proper sanitation are from India, something that the National Urban Faecal Sludge and Septage Management (FSSM) Policy in India, under the Ministry of Urban Development's aegis, aims to tackle. Only about 62.5 per cent of the wastewater in India is treated before its disposal.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Almitra H. Patel & Others Vs. Union of India & Others dated 10/01/2017 regarding generation and management of municipal solid wastes in India.

While basic access to clean water is critical, another important issue is the affordability of water access for people around the globe. Prior international work has highlighted that a large proportion of consumers could not afford water if priced at full cost recovery levels.

This report analyses the challenge of improving access to sanitation in rapidly growing and developing secondary cities. Urban sanitation problems, and reasons for solving them, have changed over time.

In 2016 the World Water Week (WWW) brought together leading experts from around the world to discuss and share the latest experiences on planning urban sanitation in two sessions convened by WaterAid, UNDP-SIWI Water Governance Facility, GIZ, SuSanA, and the World Bank.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Open Defecation Free Cities, 30/11/2016. The state-wise names of cities declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) are enclosed as annexure-I. A declaration has to be obtained from all wards of the city/town, without exception, declaring respective wards as ODF. City municipal administrations have to obtain a self-declaration of ODF from all the wards of the city as per due process. After obtaining the declaration, the city municipal administration may pass a preliminary resolution declaring the city to be ODF.

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