Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee National Institute of Water and Sanitation (SPM-NIWAS) at Joka in Kolkata via video conferencing. SPM-NIWAS has been set up with a budget of Rs 100 crore, on 8.72 acres of land at Joka, Diamond Harbour Road, Kolkata, West Bengal.
The Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS) aims to bridge the knowledge and capacity-building gap in the field of public health engineering, sanitation & hygiene, through short, medium, and long-term courses which are not just related to engineering but also cover aspects of management, health, accounting, law, and public policies.
PM Modi Inaugurated Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee National Institute of Water and Sanitation – Key Points
- The conference was chaired by the Union Minister for Kal Shakti, Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.
- The Union Minister reiterated the Prime Minister’s vision of cooperative federalism and states that under Swachh Bharat Mission, Namami Gange, and Jal Jeevan Mission, the combined efforts are being recognized around the globe.
- Smt. Vini Mahajan, Secretary, DDWS, urged States to focus on water service delivery.
- She also asked the participating states to list issues in water service delivery, discuss, and come out with an action plan for effective implementation of the program.
- DDWS has set up sanitation and miniature models at the Institute for awareness generation and capacity building through visual depiction.
- These models include Eco-San Toilet, Septic Tank, Tiger Toilet, Twin Pit Toilet, NADEP Composting Pit, Vermicomposting Tank, Sanitation Chamber, Magic Pit, Soak Pit, Water Stabilization Pond, and Constructed Wetland.