The Cross Cutting Agra Program (CAP) implemented with the support of USAID, was designed to do two things – improve sanitation and build sustainable livelihoods linked to the city’s tourism economy. Five slums within the Mughal Heritage Trail in Trans Yamuna area of Agra were site for the project. In Kuchpura, a Kuchpura Slum Upgrading Plan was drawn up with support of communities, mobilized and organized for planning and implementation. Under the Plan, the first household toilet idea was piloted with CURE providing the technical design, customization and construction know-how and an improved septic tank providedÂ by a private business entrepreneur. A Toilet Savings Group helped women save up to pay for the toilet. Savings were topped with interest-free credit from a Toilet Revolving Fund and a subsidy that included a pan, plumbing and septic tank. A school toilet was also constructed and led to enhancement in school attendance. Agra Municipal Corporation (ANN) built a community toilet for households without toilets. A DEWATS was built on the storm water drain at Kuchpura’s edge, to treat and reuse the wastewater and improve environmental sanitation and health. Roads and a community courtyard were repaved and their drains repaired, to ensure flow of water.
Solid waste management systems were initiated in partnership with all communities – who cleaned and reclaimed open spaces. The Agra Municipal Corporation provided the disposal support. A Mughal Heritage Walk, a short walking loop was developed as a sustainable livelihood option – for tourist walks. Linked to the MHW were several interconnected micro enterprises – souvenirs, tea terrace, street play groups and bag-making. The Tourism Guild – a association of private hoteliers, helped to operationalize the MHW. The MHW has its own bank account and generates savings from the tourists, saved in a Community Development Fund for community activities. State Government completed the up gradation work for the entire settlement under its Bheemnagari programme for slum development.
CAP was recognised as a Good Practice by UN Habitat in 2008 under the Dubai Municipality Awards. DEWATS is part of the MOUD’s data base on replicable good practices. Agra was also invited to lead the PEARL Heritage group – a Knowledge sharing platform for heritage conservation, under the JNNURM.
- Date August 30, 2005
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