Solid Waste Management in India’s Mega Cities: Crossroads for Smarter Cities

India’s metropolitan cities are often touted for their superior development models. However, when it comes to the subject of Solid Waste Management (SWM), the status quo is particularly severe in the four major Indian cities. This Policy Brief examines the status of Solid Waste Management in the cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru & Chennai while pointing out the city-specific challenges as well as policies. To approach the subject of SWM especially concerning our biggest cities, the paper also encompasses a range of policy recommendations, that can improve the health of SWM in India’s biggest urban quarters. (more…)

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan: A Success or a Failure?

By Anusmita Mazumder, Department of Law, University of Calcutta.

In the wake of the declaration by the Union Ministry of Urban Development of an extensive survey to study the progress of the Swachh Bharat Mission, questions on the actual success of the Mission are being raised across the country. The survey named Swachh Sarvekshan, will be conducted by the Quality Council of India (QCI). It will cover all State Capitals and 53 other cities. Swachh Sarvekshan is being conducted between January 5 and 20, 2016. As the country awaits the result of the survey, let us take a look into a few details of the Mission. (more…)

Swachh Bharat Mission: A boon to India’s GDP

By Trishala Sanyal, AKK New Law Academy.

2nd October 2014, the day gave us the real meaning to celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday. Our honourable Prime Minister Shri  Narendra Modi initiated the mission of “Swachh Bharat” with the two fold intention. Firstly, to create awareness amongst the public about GDP of the nation being affected because of the filthy conditions of the roads and public places. (more…)