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State Sewerage Waste Policy 2016: Rajasthan

This policy was approved by the State Cabinet meeting presided by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje in Jaipur making Rajasthan the first Indian State to have its own Sewerage Waste policy.

Objectives

  • To ensure 100 percent sanitized cities.
  • To improve water supply service focusing on customer satisfaction, coverage, frequency and reliability.
  • Pure water is available in scarce quantity whether from ponds, tube wells etc and the shortage becomes acute during summer. Therefore, reuse of treated sewerage can provide incremental supply for non – potable applications
  • To overcome unscientific disposal of Sewerage which heads to health hazards and pollutes ground water as well.
  • Water reuse ensures resource conservation & preservation of sensitive eco-system and reducing pollutant loading.

Policy Elements

  • Resource Development- Wastewater is a perennial water source and shall form an integral part of renewable water resources and the State water budget. Each local body will consider it as a resource and make the plan for reuse as per the site conditions with the help of experts.
  • Resource Management – A basic management approach shall be adopted where possible. The use of treated wastewater in irrigation and industrial application shall be given the highest priority and shall be pursued with care.
  • Wastewater Collection and Treatment- Tools like Geographical Information System (GIS), Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), Total station etc. may be used for preparation of city map.
  • Every city has to prepare a City Sanitation Plan (CSP) for next 30 years along with 5 year short term plan.
  • Priority for the work of laying sewerage network & connectivity (mandatory) and construction of STPs would be taken in a phased manner to provide full 100% coverage of town.
  • Reuse of Treated Effluent
  • Pricing, Financing and Investment- In view of increasing marginal cost of wastewater collection and treatment, wastewater charges, connection fees, sewerage taxes and treatment fees shall be set to cover at least the operation and maintenance costs.
  • Source of Funds for Sewerage Project- 15 paisa Urban CESS presently for Street Light through power bills to include Sewerage projects, own Source of funds of ULB, funds Provided by GOI under centrally sponsored schemes, loan taken by State Government from multinational international organizations, loan from NCR/HUDCO grant from Central/State Government, funds deployed by PPP operators.
  • Sewerage Project Through Public Private Partnership (PPP).
  • Standards, Regulations and Quality Assurance- Particular attention shall be focused on adopting and enforcing effluent and sludge standards for municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants and for discharges from industries, laboratories, hospitals, slaughterhouses and other businesses.
  • Legislation and Institutional Arrangements- Legislation and institutional arrangements for the development and management of wastewater shall be periodically reviewed.
  • Public Awareness–  public shall be educated through various means about the risks associated with the exposure to untreated wastewater and the value of treated effluents for the different end uses.
  • Human Resources Development & On Research and Development
  • Selected Priority Issues
  • Service Level Benchmarks & Implementation Plan

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