Sammaan: A Sustainable Improved Sanitation Model for Urban Slums | BMC | BMGF | JPAL| QDS

Sammaan: A Sustainable Improved Sanitation Model for Urban Slums | BMC | BMGF | JPAL| QDS

Project Sammaan is an urban infrastructure project that seeks to develop a sustainable improved sanitation model for urban slums that can be scaled up and replicated in a larger number of cities across the world. The project was driven by a consortium that consists of the Bhubaneshwar Municipal Corporation (BMC), The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the Jameel Poverty Action Lab, & Quicksand Design Studio. Bhubaneswar & Cuttack are the pilot cities selected to implement this project in India from amongst several other cities where the research was conducted. Here is SURFACES REPORTER (SR)'s complete story on this project:

Bhubaneshwar Municipal Corporatio


87 sanitation facilities were built in Bhubaneswar between 2012-2013 under Project Sammaan.

Both community toilets in slums and public toilets in public spaces are constructed. 60,000 + people in Bhubaneswar & Cuttack are expected to directly benefit from this. 

Bhubaneshwar Municipal Corporatio

How Samman is Different?

Unique collaboration between various agencies working together with the BMC in implementation. Toilets bring together user-centered innovation in architecture, business and operating models. Design and implementation of sustainable models for Operations and Maintenance. The mandate of the project goes beyond just construction of 
toilets but extends to research that aims to reduce open defecation. Support policy decisions around sanitation for urban slums in India through evidence. 

Bhubaneshwar Municipal Corporatio

Facilities designed to be more open with more natural light, with provisions for larger stalls for defecation, bathing and clothes washing, besides specially designed disabled friendly stalls.

Water supply and sewage service provisioning in all toilet facilities along with facility level professional branding system.  

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