The Solid Waste Management Rules came into force in 2016, but it was only in 2018 that Chennai Corporation drafted the bye-laws. The bye-laws in its present form falls short of a clean sweep due to some patent issues at its core. However, if due measures are taken to rectify the inadequacies, and make the process participatory, it could be an opportunity to wipe the slate clean.
Kripa Ramachandran, Researcher - Urban Governance
Beat Plastic Pollution, the theme for World Environment Day 2018, is a call to action for all of us to come together to combat one of the biggest environmental challenges of our time.
In the previous issue of Public Newsense, we reported the official launch of Kuppai Matters during the first Kuppai Thiruvizha in Anna Nagar in November 2017. Since its launch, it has been in the news for all the right reasons, evincing phenomenal support from the denizens of different parts of the city, both online and on the ground.
Communication makes the world go around. It fosters human connection and facilitates participation which allows us to learn, grow and progress as individuals and as a society. While communication is vital to all our activities, communication for development (C4D) as its own right has gained momentum over the last few years.
Amassing the dailies, monthlies and squeezed-till-I-have-made-sure-I-can’t-extract-more-paste toothpaste tubes/shampoo bottles and such other ’junk’, in one end of the cabinet (whose other end was often a concealed shoe rack for the slightly pricier ones) is a common practise in a middle-class household. Well, at least in mine, it still is. Growing up, I was ‘responsible’ not only for stacking the newspapers and periodicals neatly, but also for making sure the said stockpile was periodically disposed end of the month as a general rule.