AP Sanitation Agenda

Beyond ODF: Towards Total Urban Sanitation

The Government of Andhra Pradesh (GoAP) has articulated a vision to make urban areas free from open defecation and sanitized through a combination of increasing access to safe sanitation services and products. On October 2, 2016, The Honorable Chief Minister, GoAP, Shri N.Chandrababu Naidu declared all 110 cities and towns in the state as Open Defecation Free (ODF). He also emphasized the need to go beyond ODF and achieve total sanitation, which will include fecal sludge management, drainage, solid waste management, and facilities for safe treatment and disposal of waste.

The state is facing a large burden of untreated fecal waste entering the environment. This problem is particularly acute in towns and cities that abut rivers and large water bodies, where untreated fecal matter is indiscriminately disposed, causing large public health and environmental risks – extending beyond the boundaries of the city/ town

Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), Ernst & Young (EY) and University of Chicago are providing technical assistance to Municipal Administration and Urban Development Department (MA & UD), GoAP with the support from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), to implement FSM and decentralized sanitation improvement program in all the towns of Andhra Pradesh. The initiative named as S3 (Sampoorna Swachhta Sankalp) takes a holistic and multipronged approach towards efficient management of feacal waste flows. It is an extension of the earlier support by ASCI and EY to GoAP in assessing sanitation and finding appropriate decentralized sanitation improvement solutions in select towns, viz., Narsapur, Palacole, Kovvur and Nellore.