THE URBAN VISION
Are there smarter ways to run our cities?
The ruling government has allocated 7,060 crores of rupees for smart cities, but do our realities allow for westernised ICT-driven smart cities? Darryl D’Monte dwells on what would really make our cities smart, based on deliberations at the second Urban Age conference.
When companies flout norms and regulators look away
A recent report from environmental research group Toxics Link exposes how multinationals are flagrantly violating the MoEF-notified rules on e-waste, even as the authorities empowered to enforce implementation remain passive. Richa Malhotra details the key findings.
GARBAGE IN CITIES
Can new technologies tackle urban waste?
While there is certainly a difference in the methods by which waste is disposed of in the global North and South, there are new European
technologies in this field which deserve to be looked at, albeit at some future date.
reports from a recent event in Naples.
Can rural India get the 'power' to choose?
The benefits of providing access to energy and lighting to increasing numbers of the populace are indisputable, but many of the current
initiatives to provide cleaner energy rely on corporate partnerships.
examines its pros and cons vis-à-vis an alternative model.
SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT
Pune civic ward sets an example
The Zero Garbage pilot project in Pune's Katraj ward illustrates the critical elements of a successful and sustainable waste management initiative in the Indian context.
Ayrel Clark-Proffitt, Saroj Badgujar, Sunil Agarwal
A burning issue at Okhla
The Supreme Court has ordered a go-slow on waste-to-incineration technology that may be potential harmful to public health, but the
MNRE is guided more by its focus on tackling urban waste.
They forage the city, collecting and sorting often hazardous waste when the city sleeps and by day they are gone. Most of them are women and we have no
long-term policy in place that looks at their welfare or health, writes
RECYCLING IN DHARAVI
Adding the fourth R
The Acorn Foundation India Trust aims to organise ragpickers and train them in scientific methods of waste handling, segregation and recycling, bringing a
measure of respect to their work.
GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER
Know-how at whose cost?
While the usual debate over responsibility for reducing carbon emissions continues globally, there is also a parallel argument over the need for
transfering clean technologies to the developing world.
reports from Bonn.
Burning biomass is not green - II
Keeping in mind the characteristics of Indian municipal solid waste,
a Supreme Court committee had recommended composting and recycling.
Still, in our cities and towns, on an average, only 60 per cent of
solid wastes are even collected.
on what is holding better waste management back.
Burning biomass is not green
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi and the Timarpur Waste Management Company
Pvt. Ltd., have proposed a waste incineration plant to treat the city's
solid waste and generate 6 MW of electricity. TWMPCL has applied to a
United Nations body for tradable carbon credits.
finds much wrong in the proposal.
From plants to plastics
Plastics have become synonymous with modern life, but
are difficult to dispose of and have become a significant
source of environmental pollution. Biodegradable plastics
are now a possibility, and a shift in India's agricultural
biotechnology thrust may help put them to good use, says