Faecal Sludge and Septage Management in MaharashtraDecember 2020
Urban areas of Maharashtra were declared ODF in 2017. The Government of Maharashtra (GoM) issued an ODF Sustainability charter that focused on ODF-Sustainability and ensuring effective collection and treatment of human faecal waste in all cities. GoM’s FSSM strategy had a two-pronged approach: a) co-treatment of faecal sludge at own or nearby STPs, where feasible; and b) setting up faecal waste treatment plant (FSTP) at city level for faecal
sludge treatment. Guidelines for FSTP operation and maintenance have been developed. SOP for desludging operations was prepared to ensure safe emptying.