AMRUT Orientation Training Programme for Elected Representatives of Jharkhand
Date: December 20-22, 2106
The second AMRUT (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation) training was held for the elected representatives from 8 ULBs of Jharkhand namely Chirkunda, Basukinath, Chatra, Bishrampur, Chakradharpur, Bundu, Chakuliya and Chaibasa. This three day event was held at Centre and Science Environment, New Delhi from 20th- 22nd December, 2016. 30 representatives attended the training. It was conducted by the Solid Waste Management, Environmental Governance Team, in association with APC and Water Unit teams of CSE. The objective of the programme was in sync to the previous AMRUT Training Programme. The idea was to sensitize the local representatives who worked directly with the people about the environmental concerns related to air pollution, waste water management and primarily solid waste management.
The progamme was a blend of classroom training, site visits and group exercises. The training was focused on making them aware of the challenges through technical approach.
The programme was inaugurated by Dr Suresh Rohilla, Programme Director, Water at CSE, who made participants understand the mission objectives and how can the elected representatives transform their cities through the learnings from this programme.
Following that, the first session was taken by Priyanka Chandola, Programme Manager, APC who made the participants understand the problems related to air pollution and mobility in cities. She explained them the technical aspect and presented various case studies from different cities of India. Also, she conducted a group exercise to make them understand the problems related to air pollution and transportation management faced by them in their cities. Next session was taken by Chhavi Sharda, Programme Officer,Water Unit who spoke about the water supply and waste water management in detail. She made the participants discuss among their ULBs, problems and challenges on the subject of water management faced by the 8 ULBs. The participants were taken around CSE to show Decentralised Waste Water Treatment System (DWWTS) and the Rain Water Harvesting (RWH) system, which was a new learning for all participants. The last session for the day was taken by Swati Singh Sambyal, Programme Manager, Solid Waste Management who discussed with the participants the major challenges in waste management in their cities. She also discussed some of the best practices across the country and pushed the ULBs for affordable decentralized solutions for waste management.
On the second day, the participants were taken to various sites across Delhi NCR to show them the best practices related to air quality, mobility and water/wastewater management. The site visit started with visit to Jal Board Head Office to see the Decentralised Waste Water Treatment System (DWWT) in Karol Bagh, followed by a visit to ITO to make them understand the infrastructure for mobility in a city like Delhi, and ended with the visit to the Decentralised RWH system in Nizamuddin East Colony.
On the third day, the participants visited the decentralized waste management plant in the New Moti Bagh Colony followed by a site visit to witness community level Door to door collection of segregated waste and composting in a sector in Gurugram. The training was concluded with a feedback session moderated by Ashok Bhattacharjee, Adviser to CSE.
Very positive feedbacks were given by the participants, all of them claimed to have learnt a lot in the training and were willing to replicate the practices in their respective wards. They were eager on having CSE’s support in the future. Each participant was given a certificate and a group photograph, marking the end of the training.