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23.11.2016 12:11 Category: Recent News
by Nithya B

Handover of the Faecal Sludge Treatment Plant to the Town Municipal Council, Devanahalli.

Devanahalli, India marked World Toilet Day with the official handover to the town council of its new bio-based Faecal Sludge Treatment Plant. The plant, formerly operated and maintained by CDD Society, serves 28,000 people daily and is the first-of-its-kind FSTP in use at town scale in India. In taking charge of the plant and passing resolutions to ensure its long-term operation, Devanahalli has become a model for sustainable sanitation solutions in India.

If theres one town that had much to celebrate this (and last) World Toilet Day, it is Devanahalli (located near Bangalore, Karnataka) in India. Last year, the town marked the day by inaugurating its first-ever Faecal Sludge Treatment Plant (FSTP), an innovative bio-based system that can treat the 6 cubic metres of faecal sludge generated daily by Devanahallis 28,000 inhabitants. This year, the municipal town council officially took over operations and maintenance of the plant, formerly run by CDD Society.

It was a momentous occasion to celebrate. Over half a million litres of faecal sludge have been treated by the FSTP in the past year. Before the plant began operation, the town’s faecal sludge was finding its way to open drains, storm water systems, farms and fallow land, endangering the lives of people coming into contact with the polluted water and soil. Notably, the plant is the first-of-its-kind FSTP implemented at town scale in India. Devanahalli has also passed policy resolutions aimed at ensuring the plant’s continuous and successful operation, making it the first town in India to undergird its unique FTSP with long-term policy support.