Report and Proceedings from Towards Universal Urban Sanitation: Smaller Cities a Priority Area for Policy Focus

Shubhagato Dasgupta

Policy Support and Advocacy


Preliminary analysis of data sets – the Census 2011 and the allocation of funds under JNNURM to create urban infrastructure revealed a clear bias. Public funded programmes especially on sanitation where primarily focusing on large cities, while smaller towns housed a sizeable urban population. There is no doubt that the smaller cities, with low levels of infrastructure, meagre own resources and thinly staffed public institutions require much policy attention. The daylong conference brought together senior bureaucrats, city government representatives, academicians and different organizations working in the urban sector to discuss how more policy focus can be brought to sanitation in small towns.