Municipality of Kalpetta achieves ODF++ status

Kalpetta Municipality has earned Open Defecation Free (ODF)++ status in the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) National Ranking, a first achievement in the state, for its meritorious achievements in the solid and liquid waste management.

While only the Local Urban Community (ULB) has been selected for ODF++ status in the State, no less than 35 ULBs including four ULBs in the Thiruvanathapuram district; five each in Ernakulam and Kannur; four each in Alappuzha, Malappuram and Kottayam; two in Idukki; three in Thrissur and Kozhikode; one in each of Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Wayanad and Kasaragod districts has been selected for ODF+ status.

ODF+ and ODF++ are aimed at the proper maintenance of sanitation facilities and the safe collection, transport, treatment or disposal of faecal sludge and wastewater. While ODF+ focuses on toilets with water, maintenance and hygiene, ODF++ focuses on toilets with sludge and sludge management.

“The efforts of municipal employees to make the civic body open defecation free and manage solid and liquid waste with the support of the public have helped us achieve this worthy goal,” said Keyemthody Mujeeb, Municipal President. . The Hindu.

Dumping of toilet waste into water bodies, including rivers, in the district was a significant concern for the civic body. However, the practice declined significantly after the municipality set up a modern Faecal Sludge Treatment Plant (FSTP) with financial assistance from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

A team of officials from the Mission and Quality Council of India inspected the FSTP and public toilet systems under civic authority twice before selecting it for status, Mujeeb said. They also collected data from commercial establishments, educational institutions and private government offices under the civic body for this purpose, he added.

“We have set up two public toilets in the premises of the two bus platforms under the civic body and ensured their cleanliness. Toilets have also been built in all houses, including those in tribal hamlets,” he said.

The municipality has also executed the solid waste management project with financial assistance from the World Bank and is carrying out the “Clean Kalpetta” project to keep the city clean, he said.

“As the mission has received the status, we are expecting more projects and funds from the mission, and they will help us keep the city greener, cleaner and tidy,” Mujeeb added.