In this systematic break-down of Greater Chennai Corporation's ambitious waste management plans and budget, Vamsi Kapilavai, CAG questions if systems have been set in place to make the 1200 metric tonnes of compost production envisioned by GCC, a reality? With conflicting datasets and poor source segregation, GCC might have to undertake more groundwork, if these targets are to be met.
Vamsi Shankar, CAG, says that the recent fire in the Perungudi landfill makes a strong case for companies to invest in refill and re-use packaging technologies. The mixed waste (including tonnes of plastic packaging) that reaches our landfills could be responsible for the highly flammable gases that result in landfill fires.
CAG has compiled a database of shops that can sell products free of plastic packaging. This is a crowd sourced effort and currently available for users in Tamil Nadu.
Citizen Matters carried a blog by CAG to mark International Waste Pickers' Day. Read about how waste pickers form a crucial role in waste management and yet, how they don't always receive their fair dues.
As we look to a new year, we imagine a different Chennai - a Singara Chennai - in how we approach issues of water resources, solid waste, mobility, road safety, and energy.
With the city rigorously preparing its Third Master Plan, evaluating Chennai's Second Master plan is crucial. CAG analysis the hits and misses of the Second Plan and tries to identify what Chennai needs as a city for an effective Sustainable Transport system.
Pavithra Ramesh, CAG explains why July's electricity bill for some Tamilnadu users might have seemed too high and what they can do about it.
“Decentralising waste by building capacity in ward and zonal levels is also a solution (to managing solid waste). There can be different approaches in one city,” says Sumana Narayanan, Senior Researcher, CAG.
It's been 2 years since TN banned single-use plastic and though initially there was some impact, it was a drop in the ocean. As CAG's study after 2 years of the ban reveals, single-use plastic is more prevalent than ever. COVID-19 can't be used as an excuse by the citizens and companies to use single-use plastics.
MTC rationalises, i.e changes, bus routes regularly based on patronage and revenue. What does that it mean and why is it important for commuters?