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.
Single-use plastic is only part of what is truly a massive challenge, and that is the management of all kinds of plastic waste.
Today, New York plans near-zero waste to landfill by 2030, which is in line with our Rules 2000. The difference is that they are working towards it, while we are far from enforcing the Rules.
The Siri Fort complex seems to be meeting a crucial need of the residents of South Delhi for a place to walk, play, swim and to engage with each other. It is well maintained, well managed and has succeeded in creating a sense of pride in those who use it regularly.
There needs to be in place a clear roadmap for the planning of metropolitan cities.
A compact between the Centre and states is necessary to address India’s water-related challenges. This should involve local governments and communities of water users
State governments have the principal responsibility for urban development. But in order to deliver, they can and should ensure that city governments are sufficiently empowered to get the job done. The state governments need to decentralise, devolve and empower the cities.
Transformation of the municipal solid waste scenario in Tamil Nadu highlights the importance of a systems approach and the role of leadership.
Vellore, with a population of five lakh, has been a trailblazer in decentralised management of solid waste and sending no waste to landfills. It has earned the remarkable distinction of getting its residents to separate wet waste from dry waste.
Big cities should learn how to implement waste separation effectively from small, mid-sized Indian cities.
WtE plants in India burn mixed waste. The presence of chlorinated hydrocarbons like PVC results in the release of dioxins and furans when the waste is burnt at less than 850 degree C. Appropriate filtering mechanisms need to be installed to control such dangerous emissions.
A rapidly growing e-waste crisis needs rapid official decision-making, time-bound responses.
Hazardous, wet and dry domestic waste must be separated. The primary responsibility lies with consumers.
A proactive effort from municipalities and citizens towards recycling of construction and demolition waste will go a long way in curbing pollution.
Construction and demolition waste is an environment and public health hazard. Its recycle and reuse offers a sustainable solution
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.
An IIT Delhi report offers important pointers on how to ensure a smooth drainage system in the capital using its natural waterways.
Bangladesh capital’s transformation of the water services sector, that connects the urban poor to the piped network, has lessons for cities in India
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.