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WA S T E M A N AG E M E N T
COVE R S TORY
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FEBRUARY-MARCH 2015
T
he implications of Prime Minister Narendra
Modi’s flagship
Swachch Bharat Abhiyan
take on
an organic meaning when one looks at it from
the perspective of India’s waste generation and its
management scenario. According to the Ministry
of Urban Development, urban India produces about 150,080
metric tonnes of waste per day (MTPD) of MSW (as per Cen-
sus 2011). By 2020, this is likely to double. Currently, of the
estimated 62 million tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW)
generated annually by 377 million people in urban areas, more
than 80 per cent is disposed off indiscriminately. In the light of
such statistics, the
Swachch Bharat
initiative has indeed come as
a timely impetus to the waste management industry.
Swachch Bharat
has trained the spotlight on garbage removal
as not just necessary but essential with an emphasis on 100
per cent collection and scientific processing/disposal/reuse/
recycling of municipal solid waste. To ensure the success of
With the concerted
efforts of the
government,
increasing interest and
participation of the
industry and academia
in developing
sustainable wealth
generating models
for India’s waste,
the nascent waste
management industry
in the country is poised
for a major turnaround.
By Sangita Thakur Varma
Design by Charu Dwivedi, Imaging by Peterson PJ
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