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Urban Agriculture on Stabilised City Waste at Deonar

Every town and city can improve its existing dumps and manage its city waste hygienically and sustainably, starting today, at minimal start-up cost. Deonar can be an ideal place to start.


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Amendments in the Town Planning Act

While at the macro level, the Development Plan was meticulously drawn, at the grassroots, either the TP Schemes were not drafted at all or there was delay in implementation.

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Pune Visit Notes Jul02

5 high-mast lights have been installed and 2 more planned, but many bulb holders have fallen off the masts!

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Report on SWM Review Visit to Pune, July 18 – 21, 2002

It is good news that you are planning a scientifically designed engineered landfill at Urali-Devachi. When completed and operational, it is likely to be the first such site in India for municipal waste.

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Visit Report: Solapur Municipal Corporation, Sunday 16.9.2001

Solapur, with a population of 9 lacs, has 90 Councillors from 90 electoral wards. There are 51 Health Wards (3 electoral wards per health ward in the old city, one electoral ward per health ward in the outskirts), with an average population of about 17-18,000 per health ward, a good ratio. There are 57 Sanitary Inspectors (to provide for leave relievers, a good practice).

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Solid Waste Management At Uran

To my horror, on 17th January this year, I saw that it has finally begun to be used, but in total violation of Supreme Court Committee guidelines and the Municipal Solid Waste (Management & Handling) Rules 2000, which strictly ban the burning of garbage and require “biological processing for stabilization of waste”.

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Gorai Dumping Ground

It was a surprise to me that even such very old waste still has so much biological activity in it that windrows treated with bioculture can develop heat and show volume-reduction.

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SWM Progress in Ahmedabad

For example, if you have, for a population of 35 lacs (say 7 lac households), 7000 SKs and about 5000 handcarts, that is more than enough to immediately start door-to-door work practices for the SKs as in Calcutta without any additional inputs or need to collect user charges from residential areas.

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Site and Tenderer Selection for Solid Waste Management

LAND LOCATION and type is the most important criterion, as the city pays for a wrong choice and suffers for the next quarter-century if a poor decision is made. Land suitability includes availability of water as 100 tons of garbage treatment per day requires at least 35-40,000 litres of water daily for processing.

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Disposal of Municipal Solid Waste, Amravati

LAND LOCATION and type is the most important criterion, as the city pays for a wrong choice and suffers for the next quarter-century if a poor decision is made. Land suitability includes availability of water as 100 tons of garbage treatment per day requires at least 35-40,000 litres of water daily for processing.

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Amravati Compost Project Information

The Amravati Municipal Corporation should identify landfill sites in the area and dump all earthen material, construction rubble and other similar items at this location. This would eliminate double handling of this material, which, on all accounts will be free from organic waste.

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Visit to Aurangabad, 15.10.97

At the time of my visit, the pumping station was not running as the Sugar Factory had not paid their MSEB bills, although they collect electricity charges from Municipality at commercial rates of Rs 2.20 per kwh but pay MSEB only at agricultural rates of 60 p per kwh! As a result, the sewage flows in a 15 km long ditch from Itkhela Village past jowar fars that use the stinking water.

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Bhavnagar Sewage

Karnataka has a Tree Patta Scheme which goes like this. An MOU is signed between Forest Dept and the Occupier (who may or may not be owner) of the land, by which Forest Dept plants the trees and nurtures them for 3 years.

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Deonar

I am a BS MS MIT, Garbologist with national exposure to and experience of USWM.

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Gorai Dumping Ground Improvement, 2004

The December 2003 deadline for urban waste processing has come and gone, and many cities have been unable to get their act together to comply with the MSW Rules of September 2000. However Mumbai has made a small beginning at Gorai in waste-stabilisation of old waste although not yet of new waste.

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Suggestions 17.9.05 for Rajasthan SWM Policy 2005

The Municipal Solid Waste Management Rules, 2000 and its subsequent revision along with the manual prepared by CPHEEO will be binding and integral part of the SWM Policy.

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Jamnagar Visit, City No. 131

Jamnagar Mpl Council JMC has pop. 4.3 lacs in 2005, divided into 17 electoral Wards and 33 sanitary Wards of pop. 10-12,000 each (say 2000 households each). Waste generation earlier claimed as 250 tpd, measured as 150 tpd, quite believable based on norm of 350 gm per capita for a small city, including inerts (called kehran), which is currently collected together with garbage and dumped at Gulabnagar, a disused quarry pit which contains a lot of rainwater.

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Lonar Meteoritic Crater 11.10.97

Lonar, the biggest known meteorite crater in the world, is unique as it is the only impact crater in basalt. The impact formed the rare mineral maskelynite by shock transformation from plagioclase feldspar. It also scattered, on the rim, 10-15 cm long glass splinters and spherules similar to those found on the moon.

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Maharashtra Plastic Ban

It is true that urban waste was never a problem in India till the advent of plastics and subsidised urea, both of which killed the centuries-old practice of farmers collecting urban wastes for composting on their fields. But a ban on use of plastic is not the answer, especially not for milk sachets.

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Mithi River

Prez Kalam’s 7 questions in Mumbai Mirror of 11.9.05.

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Rajasthan Action Plan Comments Nov. 2005

Instead of Class 1 towns first and Class II, III, IV municipalities later, it is best to include 3-5 of each size right from the beginning. That gives you a longer learning curve and puts in place a few good examples for the rest of that category to quickly follow, such as Suryapet in AP (pop 1 lac).

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Rajasthan SWM Policy 2005

Start a State Technology Mission for Solid Waste Management (SWM) headed by a dynamic officer of top integrity with enthusiasm for the subject, on 3-5year deputation, to work full-time with No Other Responsibilities, plus a small full-time support team, to implement all the suggestions and recommendations of the Supreme Court Committee Report on SWM for Class 1 Cities as fully as possible, as fast as possible.

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Suggestions 17.9.05 for Rajasthan SWM Policy 2005

Separate management of inerts will reduce waste to landfill by upto 30% in fast-growing cities. First use inerts for building up road shoulders where reqd.

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Poona Naka

Fully Fencing a nala is the first requirement, and most costly.

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