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.
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
To deliver potable water for all, urban local bodies must modernise processes, harness technology. They must also recover costs through user charges.
The Indian economy has grown rapidly since 2003-04, but there has not been a corresponding evolution of vibrant metropolitan regions.
The unwillingness of the system to devolve responsibility and funding to the city level is a major failure. Alongside Amrut and the Smart Cities Mission, we need to urgently spell out the dimensions of institutional reform
Delhi needs a single public authority suitably empowered and responsible for the delivery of safe drinking water.
Public service delivery improved only in cities where state governments provided an enabling environment for innovation and better governance.
Every drop of rain that can be captured, should be captured. Every drop of wastewater that can be safely reclaimed, should be reclaimed.
In just 7 years,Delhis Aravali Biodiversity Park has transformed a barren landscape into 20 distinct forest communities with 1,000 species of plants and,if you please,an orchid garden,a bat cave and a natural conservatory for butterflies.
Pimpri Chinchwad is a standout example of how integrated e-governance can improve urban service delivery.
Through imaginative pay and play services,revenue-share models with top coaches like Madan Lal,Siri Fort Sports Complex has given a new life to the capitals sports-starved youth. Imagine if all the Commonwealth stadia were put to similar use.
It has emerged as model of response,resilience and sustainability in face of challenging jal pareeksha
The city's metro project demonstrates how private capital can be deployed in public projects in a transparent and efficient manner
With cities and towns expanding at the periphery,the land-hills of garbage move closer,and so does the danger to our health
Punes range of solutions for managing waste,from traditional to modern and scientific,are already saving money. Thats without even accounting for the carbon credits