Let there be Deepavali here & may it never end…

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If Deepavali is all about dispelling the darkness, it must first arrive in the corridors of power, enter the corrupt vaults of bureaucracy and annihilate the callousness towards those living on the fringes in Mandur and Mavallipura. Let this light filter out into the streets, roll between the huts and the high-rises, and settle over the sidewalks. Continue reading

This is how black it gets at Mavallipura

This is how polluted the water is in one of the spots near the Mavallipura landfill. As written in a previous article, the streams starts with yellowish water and a few minutes later, black water begins to flow out. When you stick your nose to it, you will find that the stink remains the same irrespective of its colour. The Zilla Panchayat has put up a notice and shut down this borewell.

But the crisis does not end here! Continue reading

Mavallipura landfill water pollution: Entire Bangalore could be just 2.5 kms away

A file photo of an inspection of the Mavallipura landfill leachate drain by the Solid Waste Management Round Table members.

A file photo of an inspection of the Mavallipura landfill leachate drain by the Solid Waste Management Round Table members.

We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality. – Ayn Rand

Mavallipura landfill maybe located miles away from your home depending on where you live. But the consequences of sending all our garbage to this giant bin for 10 years have been spreading to far-off corners of Bangalore ever so silently and spitefully. Continue reading

Until the Nobel…

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Kailash Satyarthi

Let’s face this: How many of us knew about Kailash Satyarthi before the Nobel? To be honest, I had read about GoodWeave perfunctorily, but knew nothing about the man behind the mission.

Now everyone is talking about “The philosophy and work of Kailash…” This is how the media fails itself perennially. It fails us, too. Continue reading

Condemned to highly polluted black water stream, villagers in & around Mavallipura landfill cry mercy

Water bottles containing samples from the polluted borewell.

Water bottles containing samples from the polluted borewell at Subedar Pallya near Mavallipura landfill.

The sound of raindrops is perhaps the most bewitching interplay of natural elements on this planet. It is the sound of reassurance that life is going on normally. A note of reaffirmation that billions of life forms will thrive, seeds will sprout, buds will bloom, little birds will grow wings and leave their nests, kids will giggle and play with muddy water, so on and so forth. It also tells us that there have been millions of rains before we came and there will be millions more after we go—reminding us of the infinitely minute role we play in this universe. To put it simply, it’s one of the most important links in the chain of life that has no beginning or end. Continue reading

Visit to Mavallipura landfill reveals a new & horrifying chapter in ‘composting’

Landfill covered with a layer of soil. The leachate from these mounds enters an open tank located at the entrance of the facility.

Landfill covered with a layer of soil. The leachate from these mounds enters an open tank located at the entrance of the facility.

With the talk of Mavallipura landfill “revival” rending the air, I thought it was high time I visited the landfill and studied what it takes to compost biodegradable waste from 300 tonnes of mixed garbage per day which includes all possible kinds of hazardous waste. Continue reading

Swachh Bharath aftermath: Burning of plastic & landfill dumping worries activists

Picture source: 1group903.blogspot.com

Picture source: 1group903.blogspot.com

“Today, we were driving past this scene in a busy traffic junction near an underpass. Around five-six men were burning garbage and they had around six-eight big black bags and it looked like they came from an early morning Swachh clean-up job. Cleaning up, but creating environmental damage by burning or dumping of garbage is something that is bothering us…” Continue reading