What is needed is a political compact between the Centre and the states to jointly address the challenges of saving India’s water, while actively involving local governments and engaging with the communities of water users.
States must decentralise and devolve funds and powers to cities. The new govt must work on an incentive grant system whereby states that devolve funds to cities in the desired degree get a top-up financial grant from the Cent
On solid waste management, especially waste segregation, our metros must take a cue from smaller towns like Karjat and Suryapet where able leadership is driving micro-planning and implementation—and this is something that c
A promising R&D effort at safe metal recovery and separation within India is unable to take-off for want of long-pending consent/approval from a State Pollution Control Board for furnacing trials. A rapidly growing e-waste cr
With multiple sets of Rules and weak capacity for enforcement, it is not surprising that the situation on the ground remains bleak, particularly since the awareness of the hazard among those who generate the waste and those w
The ministry of environment & forests and the Central Pollution Control Board should swing into action immediately to issue guidelines on capping of dumpsites, taking account of health, environment and financial perspectives.
Dhaka has a lot to teach our megacities since it has one of the worst vulnerabilities to water of any urban setting in the world, and is handling it in an inclusive manner which is also financially sustainable.
KPCL will be buying treated sewage water—at the moment, used to recharge Jakkur Lake—for a power plant that is to come up in Yelahanka. Making repatriation of the water after its has been cooled down a part of the EIA for
A sustainable way forward is to minimise consumption of disposable/single use plastic items, create awareness about the use of appropriate grade of plastic for different purposes, and emphasise the importance of recycling and
We must worry when politicians across party lines play politics with the finances of our cities, especially since the current sources of revenue of municipalities in India are grossly inadequate for discharging their Constitu
The SDMC has announced that it will be mandatory from April 1 for all hotels and restaurants in its jurisdiction to open their toilets to the public and has given them the option of charging up to R5 per use of the toilet.
Emission control filters of very high standard are needed in Waste-to-energy plants to check the release of harmful gases into the atmosphere. Continuous monitoring and sharing the information openly with the public is also n
I have been unbundling the challenge of handling the garbage that we produce as a society. The response has to begin with the segregation of the solid waste at source (be it households or commercial establishments), and go on