By Dr. Kala Seetharam Sridhar of Public Affairs Centre and Samar Verma of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Published in Business Standard, October 25, 2012.
Bangalore, the IT (information technology) hub, is currently in a mess with its solid waste. The city used to dump its garbage in a place called Mandur, but the enlightened villagers having realised its negative consequences have started returning the garbage trucks — with the city now blinking with heaps of garbage on roadsides. The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, or Ficci, carried out a review of municipal solid waste management in Indian cities in 2009, and found that only six of the 22 surveyed cities in the study had sanitary landfills, while 10 cities – including major waste generators like New Delhi, Greater Mumbai (greatest generator of waste) and Kanpur – did not have sanitary landfills. Evidently, Indian cities have failed to plan themselves well to provide public services efficiently and hygienically. [Read the full article here].