Gangs of Nagapura – the Untold Garbage Story

  A recent article in The Deccan Herald stated “A member of expert committee submitted to the court that waste segregation at source could not be successfully implemented due to existing nexus between contractors and BBMP officials.” Bhaskar and I decided to get first hand information about this, from ground zero. This took us to…

Waste Characterization Study- Bangalore, 2014

  In Jan 2014, during a meeting with the Honorable Mayor and the BBMP Chief Engineer to discuss the possible end disposal solutions for Bangalore’s waste, we were told that the last Waste Characterization study done by BBMP was in the year 2008. A need to do a Waste Characterization study in 2014 was expressed,…

Energy Efficiency for the Rural Entrepreneur

In the past two months, I have started working part time as a consultant with the SELCO Foundation policy team. There are a couple of projects I’m working on at the moment. I’ll talk about one of them in this blog – Energy Efficiency for the Rural Entrepreneur. There’s a lot of talk about energy…

Marriage, Domestic Violence & Other Grey Shades

She walked in one day to the counselling center and asked for help. Though frail looking, her eyes shone with a rare courage, often seen in one who is determined to survive. She said that her husband had been beating her with two belts, accusing her of sleeping with other men and suspecting her of trying to poison…

30 questions about DWCCs

Bhaskar and I did a survey and study of 32 DWCCs in Bangalore in November 2013. From the survey, the following questions emerge for which we do not have proper answers. We have come to know that at the conceptual stage around 30 crore was planned for DWCCs, of which around 18 crore has already…

Waste Management in a Gram Panchayat

Dec 31, 2013 will be remembered as a landmark day in Konappana Agrahara Gram Panchayat. Many things happened there for the very first time. For the first time, all key members of the Gram Panchayat were out on the streets early morning at 7am. For the first time, a push cart and four new drums…