RITES to Provide Technical Support for Waste Management under Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban 2.0

The Indian government has hired technical and infrastructure specialists from Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES) to create a uniform standard for processes and facilities that manage solid waste and used water in towns with less than one lakh population. The partnership was formalised with a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and RITES, under the Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban 2.0.

The Vision of SBM-U

The overall vision of SBM-U is to create ‘garbage-free cities’, and a newly funded component for towns with less than one lakh population is used water management. The objective of the Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban 2.0 is to provide safe and sustainable sanitation access universally.

The Objective

The Memorandum of Understanding will allow states and urban local bodies to efficiently execute mission initiatives that ensure safe and sustainable access to sanitation universally, by securely containing, collecting, transporting, treating, and reusing waste.

More About the MoU

There are 3,700 towns in India with a population of less than a lakh. RITES will offer technical assistance  for three years in setting standards and specifications for sewage and fecal sludge management, as well as for standardizing units used for treating waste water in these towns.  For solid waste management, the areas of engagement will be process standardisation and engineering design of waste management facilities. The waste management facilities will incorporate the segregation of biodegradable waste that has partially or fully decomposed, plastic waste, textiles, metal, glass, and other materials. Moreover, RITES will lend a hand in creating model tender documents and procurement related to waste management.



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