In­dia needs a work­able man­ual

Down to Earth - - SPECIAL REPORT -

Pro­tec­tive equip­ment

The man­ual pro­poses pro­vi­sion of pro­tec­tive gear for rag­pick­ers This is not enough. Rag­pick­ers need des­ig­nated spa­ces for them to work — Rakesh Solanki, pres­i­dent, ESRF

Waste stor­age

Metal con­tain­ers are pro­posed to re­place waste stor­age de­pots This might lead to traf­fic con­ges­tion or hy­giene prob­lems — R. Srini­vas, se­nior town plan­ner, MoUD

Land­fills for garbage

The man­ual pro­poses con­struc­tion of new land­fill sites to pre­vent en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tion In­dia in­curs huge losses due to en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tion — Shanker Ag­gar­wal, sec­re­tary, MoUD

Spe­cial wastes

The man­ual recog­nises plas­tic and elec­tronic waste as spe­cial wastes It ne­glects hazardous house­hold waste — Shya­mala Mani, pro­fes­sor, Na­tional In­sti­tute of Ur­ban Af­fairs

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