Aswachh Mumbai – the problem of poor waste management
Mumbai is the city of glitz and glamor; of highrises and plush hotels and housing complexes, of bars and exotic restaurants, of soaring real estate values, of gilded star homes at Bandra and Juhu, of swanky cars and malls and international brands etc. But underneath all that jazz, Mumbai grapples with a giant problem- waste management. The city’s faring poorly when it comes to handling proper, hygienic disposal of human and kitchen refuse. Any number of factors might be responsible for this.
One may be Mumbai’s burgeoning population- as of October 2016, Mumbai is 22 million people strong. So many people generate a high amount of waste.
Another may be poorly equipped sewage treatment plants, and inefficient methods of waste disposal. Maybe the waste management machinery is not being managed in a cost-effective, eco-friendly manner. Maybe it is being overwhelmed by the inordinate amount of waste being generated by Mumbaikars.
Also one reason may be the lack of toilets in slums and shanties, leading to open defecation.
Mumbai releases around 2100 million litres a day of human waste into the Arabian Sea. This is nearly 7025 in tonnes.
Also, Mumbai’s coast is the most polluted in the world, according to a global study. The city’s beaches were also found to have large amounts of littered debris.
To make matters worse, 25% of sewage comes from the city’s slums. These are not connected to Mumbai’s 1915 km sewerage, and therefore flow untreated into nullahs and creeks. Untreated waste is harmful in umpteen ways- it’s unsanitary, it causes odour problems, air and water pollution, breeds pathogenic microbes that may cause infectious diseases in city residents. Every monsoon we hear spiraling cases of leptospirosis, and the chickungunia scare from a few years ago. This is all due to untreated waste in water bodies.
What is the solution, then? How to make the city’s waste disposal systems more efficient? How to make sure that all waste is treated and disposed off properly?
Organica Biotech, a Mumbai based Top 20 Environmental Biotechnology company, might provide some answers. Organica provides eco-friendly products made of handpicked microbes, which degrade waste into harmless products efficiently. It has the one stop solution to sewage treatment and management.
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