The writer is chairperson of Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) and former chairperson of the high-powered expert committee on urban infrastructure and services.
Bengaluru waterbody, Jakkur, restored by a citizen’s initiative, now stands to be deprived of water by a power plant, raising questions about making environmentally sound practices economically viable.
Citizen action on rejuvenation of water bodies is gathering momentum in Bengaluru and is making a difference on the ground.
Recycling, composting and biomethanation will not only make landfills unnecessary, they will also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The middle and upper-income classes ought to recognise their critical role in the solid waste management chain and live up to it
A sustainable way forward is to minimise consumption of single use plastic items, create awareness about the use of appropriate grade of plastic, and emphasise the importance of recycling and reuse.
Use of plastic to lay roads shows the way. Initiatives in states like Tamil Nadu and Himachal Pradesh are worth emulating.
Compost from biodegradable municipal solid waste will simultaneously clean up our cities and improve agricultural productivity and soil quality of our farms
The froth spewing from them in Bengaluru is a symptom of a pervasive urban problem — the discharge of untreated sewage into water bodies.
Don’t mix different types of waste. The correct way to manage it is to expose it to air
A new rapid bioremediation process that can remove garbage hills and end their ill effects, promises a low-cost solution to waste management and disposal. It is very important that alternative technologies are carefully evaluated on their merit.
Niti Aayog’s Draft Action Agenda neither incorporates lessons from experience of incineration plants in Delhi, nor takes note of the many success stories of biomethanation
Property tax, the most important source of revenue for local bodies, is a pawn in state-level politics
Making restaurants open their toilets to the public reeks of the government passing the buck.
State governments and urban local bodies hold the key to fixing our cities and addressing the challenges of unplanned urbanisation
Waste-to-energy plants could sustainably dispose of municipal solid waste, while generating electricity
Segregating municipal solid waste is the first step in ensuring the success of waste-to-energy plants.
So-called landfills do not address the problems of solid waste management.
The challenge of garbage is set to grow. Solid waste management plans need to be implemented alongside maintenance of drainage and sewerage networks.
Garbage generation has reached frightening proportions. Planners need to build on the successes of earlier programmes.
India’s water crisis is even more serious than its energy crisis though this is not generally realised
Writer-scholar Rana Safvi says it is imperative for Delhi to hold on to its cosmopolitan culture. Her latest book "The Forgotten Cities of Delhi" emerges at a time when there is a brazen attempt to re-write Indian history with demonisation of the Mughals.