Water supply for residents is a big challenge in urban India, and is more so in small towns, where institutionally and organisationally there are not enough trained and qualified people. In early 2007, Arghyam decided to venture into the urban water space and initiated a pilot programme on Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) in Mulbagal, a town in Kolar district, 100 kms from Bengaluru. From 2008 to 2012, several activities were taken up under this programme with a consortium of partners from government, civil society, academic, and other water sector institutions.
Over the course of four years, this multi-phase initiative included first, a Preparatory phase of engaging the local and state government stakeholders and developing the partnerships. This was followed by the Foundation phase which involved a series of studies to identify issues, mobilising the local community, and setting up the Project Support Unit (PSU). Third was the Planning and Design phase, during which appropriate interventions were planned, based on the evidence generated and prioritised by the local stakeholders. The fourth phase, Implementation, involved guiding the local actors in implementing a few targeted interventions. The final Operations and Maintenance (O&M) phase involved building local capacities and strengthening institutional or community structures to manage the interventions.
The State Government of Karnataka, through the Directorate of Municipal Administration supervises the functioning of the municipalities. The Directorate has the responsibility to supervise the function of the municipalities, work out suitable human resource policies, exercise disciplinary control over the staff of municipalities, monitor the tax collection of ULBs, lay down policies for transparency in expenditures, hear appeals against the decisions of municipalities, release the Government transfers to the ULBs, as well as implement schemes like SJSRY (for urban poverty alleviation), IDSMT, Nirmala Nagar. The Directorate also collects statistics from ULBs and helps in the preparation of municipal statistics. The Directorate also inspects municipalities, interacts with both elected representatives and the employees to find out both genuine and specific problems of urban administration and urban municipal services and work out the solutions for those problems.
MYRADA has been the one of the pioneer organizations who build institutions of the poor and marginalized which are appropriate to the resource to be managed, and the objective to be achieved. They work to ensure sustainable development of rural areas and improving quality of life. They build institutions, strategies and skills through poor families can secure a livelihood.
The Indian Institute of Science (IISc), set up inMay1909, was conceived as a ´Research Institute´ or ´University of Research´ by Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata. The Institute offers a variety of Master´s degree programs in Engineering, an integrated Ph.D. (post-B.Sc.) program in Sciences and Ph.D. programs in a wide spectrum of disciplines in science and engineering. The research laboratories at the Institute are extremely well equipped. Many national facilities are housed at the Institute. The library and computational facilities at the Institute are amongst the best in India. The Institute hosts hundreds of visitors from India and abroad every year and is the venue for many major national and international academic events.