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Tamil Nadu Urban Sanitation Support Programme, Phase 1 - 2015-2017

2015 - 2017 • Indian Institute for Human Settlements (iihs)


To provide public health benefits and city-wide sanitation improvements for urban populations in Tamil Nadu by demonstrating innovations in two model urban locations


The programme aims to provide public health benefits and city-wide sanitation improvements for urban populations in Tamil Nadu by demonstrating innovations in two model urban locations.

Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) is working with and supporting the Government of Tamil Nadu (GoTN) in the implementation urban sanitation, including inclusive sanitation and Fecal Sludge Management (FSM) across the State through the Tamil Nadu Urban Sanitation Support Programme (TNUSSP). Launched with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), TNUSSP has been set up as a technical support unit (TSU) within GoTN’s Municipal Administration and Water Supply (MAWS) department.

TNUSSP aims to achieve improvements to sanitation service delivery in Tamil Nadu by demonstrating innovations in two urban areas – Tiruchirappalli city and town panchayats of Periyanaicken-Palayam (PNP) and Narasimhanaicken-Palayam (NNP) near Coimbatore – to build credibility and momentum prior to scaling up across the State.

Advisory and Working Group Committees at State and City levels work to accelerate implementation / development of
• State Investment Plan
• Fecal Sludge Treatment Plant (FSTP) at a Town Panchayat to demonstrate mechanical systems
• Technical assistance workshops and exposure visits
• Capacity building initiatives & training programmes
• Conferences/Workshops
• Technical Reports
• Policy papers
• Policy briefs
• Multimedia outputs (Films, Audio clips etc)
• Posters

An Advisory Committee in MAWS Department guides the TSU, that works closely with State Agencies, ULBs, private enterprise and communities, to enable considerable experimentation on ground and testing of innovations especially in two model cities, while assisting State-level scaling up.


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To provide public health benefits and city-wide sanitation improvements for urban populations in Tamil Nadu by demonstrating innovations in two model urban locations, as well as enabling a state-wide scaling up.

Further information


TNUSSP is being implemented by a consortium of organisations, led by Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), and comprising IIHS, Gramalaya, Keystone Foundation, CDD. It is funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

There is a second phase to this project, see other entry in project database.

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Gayathri Sarangan
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Kavita Wankhade
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Behaviour change Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Capacity development Cities Decentralised wastewater treatment (e.g. DEWATS) East Asia & Pacific Emptying and transport (non sewered) Enabling environment and institutional strengthening Faecal sludge treatment processes Operation, maintenance and sustainable services Political processes and institutional aspects Politicians and local decision makers Specific to one or several countries Technology comparisons Treatment of faecal sludge University, education or research institution Urban (entire city)


Indian Institute for Human Settlements

The IIHS provides advisory services to national and state governments, public, parastatal municipal agencies, international agencies and private firms in the broad area of human settlements and urbanisation, with a view to providing cutting edge and integrated solutions to some of India's emerging urban development challenges. It also serves on a number of national and state level government committees and policy fora. These engagements have considerably influenced policy process and implementation in sectors like water and sanitation, housing, climate change and land records, among others. Current IIHS practice on the environmental services focuses on a range of issues such as water supply, sanitation and integrated basic environmental services. Practitioners have also been exploring notions of common property and shared natural resources, environmental governance, issues of water supply and management, and the provision of water and sanitation services to urban populations, especially the urban poor. Projects have also included the evaluations of national and state programmes and policies from a sustainability perspective, as well as large scale implementation support partnerships. This area of practice is directly aligned with the School of Urban Systems and Infrastructure, and the School of Human Development.

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