20 What a waste

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

In 2007, we an­a­lysed the benefits and cost of waste dis­posal sys­tem. Busi­nesses want to burn garbage to pro­duce elec­tric­ity. En­vi­ron­men­tal­ists say this is not vi­able, given In­dian con­di­tions and toxic emis­sions. In­dia should have amended its Mu­nic­i­pal Solid Waste Rules of 2000 by now to ad­dress th­ese is­sues. But it has not. The re­sult is in­creas­ing con­flicts be­tween peo­ple and ur­ban bod­ies ("Stench in my backyard", Septem­ber 1-15, 2012).

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