Instead of doing away with the Swachh Bharat cess, the Centre should have made sure that the money made its way to the municipalities.
Innovate methods are being used to encourage people to end open defecation, but issues like the underutilisation of funds and use of coercive methods to achieve targets remain.
Recyclable plastic, an item commonly sold by ragpickers, was taxed 5.5% before but is now in the 18% bracket.
While Mumbai has introduced e-waste segregation, Bengaluru has imposed penalties to ensure waste segregation at source.
The Centre for Science and Environment says the Swachh Survekshan survey rewards cities with landfills and waste to energy plants with high rankings.
With the help of a government grant, Vanita Prasad, a scientist-entrepreneur from Baroda, is developing an innovative solution to the mammoth problem of waste management in India.
The National Green Tribunal has asked for an accounting of the amount of waste-water released into the Kolkata wetlands, raising a glimmer of hope for the unique ecosystem struggling for survival in the backyard of India’s eastern metropolis.
Growing environmental degradation, lack of funds for much-needed infrastructure and few women participants mark Kerala’s political landscape.
What makes matters worse in Delhi are the incessant tide of migrants, misaligned institutional structures (unwisely split between the Centre and the quasi-state of Delhi), and BJP’s ongoing vendetta against AAP.
Anjali Vaidya’s day-2 dispatch from the COP21 in Paris discovers awareness at the summit of how a changing climate is forcing people to become refugees in their own countries.