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Project Sammaan 2018-07-19T18:31:57+00:00

NEED FOR URBAN SANITATION SOLUTIONS

Improving sanitation services for the urban poor can improve health. However, the solution is complicated by an urban context of limited space, moving families and mixed populations, as well as poor utility infrastructure and dense and often illegal construction. With these constraints, communal sanitation facilities may be a viable solution. The key is providing quality infrastructure (hardware) and implementing sustainable management models (software).
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OUR MISSION

Project Sammaan’s mission is to increase toilet usage and reduce open defecation, by providing better quality communal sanitation infrastructure. Over fifty Project Sammaan facilities are being constructed in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack through the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation and the Cuttack Municipal Corporation.

STUDYING INNOVATIONS

Researchers will collect data to measure take-up and maintenance of sanitation facilities over the life of the programme. Household surveys will be used to examine satisfaction with the facilities, instances of diarrheal disease, and differential access within the household. Real-time usage data will also be collected by the facility caretaker.
Using this information, a team of researchers will evaluate the impact of project interventions, and findings will inform policy for urban sanitation solutions in other cities.

PROJECT STATUS

The first Project Sammaan toilet opened in May 2017 in Cuttack. There are currently 26 facilities open and operational with more to come in the next few months.
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TIMELINE

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JAN: Signing of MoUs
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DEC: First Baseline Survey
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JAN: Construction Begins
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FEB: First O&M Training
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APR: Community Management Approvals
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MAY: First Facility Opens

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COLLABORATION

Project Sammaan has been built by a complex consortium of partners, including an academic research organisation, development advisory, community advocacy organisation, two municipal corporations, a project management consultancy, construction contractors, participating communities, and design experts from different disciplines.
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