Isher Judge Ahluwalia

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.

Articles By Isher Judge Ahluwalia

The three bin solution

Hazardous, wet and dry domestic waste must be separated. The primary responsibility lies with consumers.

Recycle and build

A proactive effort from municipalities and citizens towards recycling of construction and demolition waste will go a long way in curbing pollution.

Building from debris

Construction and demolition waste is an environment and public health hazard. Its recycle and reuse offers a sustainable solution

Cities at crossroads: No more cover-ups

Municipal authorities are opting for capping as a solution to the problem of mixed waste at dumpsites. Bio-remediation and bio-mining may be more desirable.

Cities At Crossroads: Managing the run-off

An IIT Delhi report offers important pointers on how to ensure a smooth drainage system in the capital using its natural waterways.

Ripples of reform in Dhaka

Bangladesh capital’s transformation of the water services sector, that connects the urban poor to the piped network, has lessons for cities in India

Cities at Crossroads: Who pays to save this lake?

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.

Cities at Crossroads: Bring back the lakes

Citizen action on rejuvenation of water bodies is gathering momentum in Bengaluru and is making a difference on the ground.

What urban waste has to do with global warming

Recycling, composting and biomethanation will not only make landfills unnecessary, they will also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Segregation must begin at home

The middle and upper-income classes ought to recognise their critical role in the solid waste management chain and live up to it

Cities at Crossroads: Perils of plastics waste

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.

Cities at crossroads: Don’t waste the possibilities

Use of plastic to lay roads shows the way. Initiatives in states like Tamil Nadu and Himachal Pradesh are worth emulating.

From waste to health

Compost from biodegradable municipal solid waste will simultaneously clean up our cities and improve agricultural productivity and soil quality of our farms

Lakes of fire

The froth spewing from them in Bengaluru is a symptom of a pervasive urban problem — the discharge of untreated sewage into water bodies.

Back to waste basics

Don’t mix different types of waste. The correct way to manage it is to expose it to air

A city laid waste

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.

Cities at crossroads: Don’t just light the fire

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

Cities at crossroads: Starving the municipality

Property tax, the most important source of revenue for local bodies, is a pawn in state-level politics

Cities at crossroads: When an open door policy is not enough

Making restaurants open their toilets to the public reeks of the government passing the buck.

Cities at crossroads: The heart of action

State governments and urban local bodies hold the key to fixing our cities and addressing the challenges of unplanned urbanisation

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