One of the important innovative practices that CIPS has been trying to replicate is the Bio Digesters technology developed by the DRDO for disposal of human waste. A high level delegation consisting of Hon’ble Minister for Rural Development, Prl. Secretary, Rural Development, SE, Public Health of Meghalaya and Director, CIPS went to Lakshadweep for a study of implementation of Biodigesters in June, 2013.
CIPS has entered into an MoU on 27th June, 2013 with Govt. of Meghalaya for the replication of Biodigesters.
28th February, 2014: CIPS has facilitated a meeting at New Delhi under the Chairmanship of Dr. Manas K Mandal, Director General (Life Sciences), Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) to establish further institutional linkages for implementation of Biodigesters in Meghalaya.
As a result of the efforts made by CIPS Meghalaya Government has sanctioned an amount of Rs. 10 crores for the implementation of Bio Digesters in their state. They have also recruited a team of 7 engineers, 5 of them were belonging to Civil Engineering and 2 to Mechanical Engineering branch.
The engineers recruited by Meghalaya Government have been trained at CIPS, Hyderabad in a 5 day programme in November, 2014. They have been exposed to the technology of Bio Digester procurement and their maintenance. They have also been exposed to a series of interactions with the Railway Engineers of South Central Railway who have experience in implementing this technology.
The Meghalaya Team has also been taken to the various locations where Bio Digesters have been installed in and around Hyderabad. They have subsequently been sent to Gwalior for a 3 day intensive workshop where the scientists of DRDO explained them all aspects relating to the installation and maintenance of Bio Digesters.
9th – 14th of December, 2014:
In continuation of the above, Sri Radha Krishna Murthy, Retd. Engineer-in-Chief of the Panchayat Raj Department, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh visited Meghalaya for conducting sessions to the Meghalaya Engineers and Sensitizing them on the various aspects relating to the procurement and installation of Biodigesters.
11th December, 2014: In pursuance of the efforts made by CIPS in dissemination of information relating to the Biodigesters and Ecosan Toilets, Designed & Developed By: Shri M.Dharma Rao, Chief Engineer (Retd.), GoAP, Shri Kartik Chandra (BTech.)IIT Kharagpur, Shri Nikhil (BTech ,MTech) IIT Mumbai, Shri C. Rohit (BTech) IIM Lucknow. They has also brought to the notice of CIPS that the improved versions of the Ecosan toilet is implemented by them both at Karimnagar and at Jawaharnagar in Ranga Reddy District of Telangana State. The Jawaharnagar model has been inspected by Sri Kondal Rao, Technical Advisor, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh on 11th December, 2014.
12th February, 2015: CIPS has conducted a One Day National Sensitization Workshop on design improvements in sanitation in association with the Govt. of Andhra Pradesh at Hyderabad. These have been showcased to about 130 officers from State Governments from 13 states.
The improved versions has also been endorsed by Sri Kondal Rao, Technical Advisor. Subsequently, a detailed letter has been sent by the Director CIPS to all District Collectors in the country and state level officers duly enclosing the improved versions of the Ecosan and Biodigester toilets. This has evoked an immediate response from the districts of Thane (Maharashtra), Waynad (Kerala), Nizamabad (Telangana), West Godavari and Krishna (Andhra Pradesh), Jahanabad (Bihar).
Sri Dharma Rao has been invited by the district administration of West Godavari and Krishna, where he addressed all the members of Zilla Parishad speaking of the Ecosan Toilets. He has also been invited by the District Collector Nizamabad, Telangana State in the last week of January, 2015. In pursuance of this visit, the District Collector has immediately sanctioned an amount of Rs.2.00 lakhs for the implementation of the Ecosan/Biodigester toilets
Sri Dharma Rao has also informed CIPS that he has been invited by His Holiness Chinn Jeeyar Swamy for setting up these toilets at the Ashram established by the Swamiji near Shamshabad, Telangana State.
Capacity Building and Replication of Ecosan toilets in Basti district of Uttar Pradesh
As part of the efforts by CIPS, ECOSAN Toilets have been showcased at a number of workshops of CIPS. An organization named SCOPE, International an NGO based in Trichy Tamilnadu, headed by Mr. Subburaman has constructed ECOSAN compost toilets in June/July, 2014 in Basti district of Uttar Pradesh.
CIPS has further supported the Basti district Administration by preparing a Project Report for funding assistance of ECOSAN toilets in July, 2014.
An innovative practice relating to the Use of Waste Plastic in Road Construction, implemented in states like Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh and Jharkhand has been identified for replication.
21st May 2014: A video conference showcasing this innovative practice was conducted and it was attended by 25 representatives belonging to a number of states.
Some of the states had shown interest in replicating this innovation. With a view to facilitate such adoption, CIPS has decided to prepare a detailed document of this innovation duly capturing the comprehensive implementation models of all the four states as above.
Shri Kshitij Aditeya Singh, Managing Director of Knowledge Advisory Services and Consultancy, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh has been entrusted the work of preparing a detailed project report on the “Use of Plastic in Road Construction”. This Documentation has been completed. Both Hindi & English versions are available.