How can we get school dropouts to go back?

I met Kavitha, a chirpy girl with a winning smile, on the first day of the dropout survey carried out by volunteers of Child Rights and You. “School hogthira?” I asked, “Do you go to school?” She looked up and nodded, half-yes, half-no, then shyly turned away. “Tamil teriyuma?” I egged on. It turned out she did. For the next half hour she became my translator, … Continue reading How can we get school dropouts to go back?

Contract pourakarmikas’ fight for equal pay – a timeline of events

For over a year now, contract sanitary workers in Bengaluru have been waging a sustained fight against the contractor mafia which runs solid waste management in Bengaluru. Continue reading Contract pourakarmikas’ fight for equal pay – a timeline of events

Rainwater harvesting in less than a tenth of households

Eight years after rainwater harvesting was made mandatory in Bengaluru, the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board has implemented it in just 72,000 households. This is far less than the number of possible sites as the BWSSB has installed 9.4 lakh water connections in the city. The law on rainwater harvesting applied to all new structures (after 2009) coming up on areas measuring 1,200 sq ft and … Continue reading Rainwater harvesting in less than a tenth of households

With sumps contaminated, residents scrounge for water

With sumps in houses getting contaminated for the second consecutive day, sourcing clean water has become a major worry for residents in areas that were inundated over the last couple of days. Close to 300 residents in Koramangala 4th Block are facing problems sourcing water after the sumps got contaminated twice in as many days. “Our major worry is where to get water from. On … Continue reading With sumps contaminated, residents scrounge for water

City council misses window to set up RWH systems in its parks

At a time when water shortage is on everyone’s minds and “water councils” are being held by the civic body to discuss how to ameliorate the situation, one would expect the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to do everything in its capacity to conserve water. However, the civic body missed a good window to conserve water by not setting up rainwater harvesting systems in its … Continue reading City council misses window to set up RWH systems in its parks

A sure-shot way to get people to segregate waste?

How do you get recalcitrant residents to segregate their waste? A team of waste collectors and design students seem to have hit upon a scalable solution. Using a mobile app, waste collectors geotagged 250 households and rated the level of segregation. Within three months, more than three-fourths of the 250 households had achieved 100% segregation compliant to perfect segregation practices. The Waste Samaritan initiative, a … Continue reading A sure-shot way to get people to segregate waste?