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Toward Zero Waste: Waste Pickers Running Bio-Gas Plants in Mumbai, India

Toward Zero Waste: Waste Pickers Running Bio-Gas Plants in Mumbai, India | The Informal Economy in Mumbai | Scoop.it
SMS has successfully demonstrated the viability of decentralized waste management in one of the world\u2019s largest and most crowded cities.
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Mumbai’s rapid growth, high density, and sheer size present significant challenges for its waste management system. The enormous quantity of waste generated in the city makes large-scale, technologically driven “solutions” tempting. However, the opposite approach—a highly decentralized, people-powered model of waste management—has proven successful. Dry waste is separated out for recycling while organic waste, Mumbai’s largest and heaviest waste stream, is treated close to its source through composting pits and biogas. This approach has reduced the need for costly transportation and landfill space while providing green jobs for waste pickers.

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Servants in India - The Economist

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Yet supply is falling: 18% of urban women in the informal sector took up jobs as domestic workers in 2009-10, down from 27% five years earlier, according to a 2011 study led by a Harvard academic.
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Railways choose purple to hide paan stains on 72 new rakes

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Can’t keep paan masala stains off our trains? Try concealing them. That’s the Railways’ idea behind choosing the dark purple exterior for the 72 rakes it will get from Bombardier Transportation next year.

 

The Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) signed a contract with Bombardier, a Canadian firm, worth over Rs 1,000 crore in 2011, wherein Bombardier will install electrical infrastructure for 72 12-car locals that MRVC will procure under the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP-II).

 

Besides the dark purple exterior, the Bombardier rakes will have anti-graffiti coating (such coating prevents graffiti paint from sticking to surface). Railway officials said they decided on deep purple exterior looking at the condition of the existing rakes, which has a colour scheme of mauve and silver.

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Seven Seas News: India's Informal Economy and Foreign Investment

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In India, growth in informal sector is much higher than formal sector and even the Prime Minister of India is not sure about the actual GDP of the country. It is estimated that illegal transactions in the property sector alone ...
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Why cycle rickshaws should be driven from the street. (And what it ...

Why cycle rickshaws should be driven from the street. (And what it ... | The Informal Economy in Mumbai | Scoop.it
Let me not poach the information and arguments presented in this fine analysis of the informal transport economy of Ashima Sood's recently published paper in the Economic and Political Weekly (Mumbai), other than to cite her opening summary: ...
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Gruh Finance: Serving the Underserved in the Housing Sector - Knowledge@Wharton

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Knowledge@WhartonGruh Finance: Serving the Underserved in the Housing SectorKnowledge@WhartonGruh Finance, formerly known as the Gujarat Rural Housing Finance Corporation, is India's first specialized rural mortgage entity for the underserved and...
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Toward Zero Waste: Waste Pickers Running Biogas Plants in Mumbai

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Toward Zero Waste: Waste Pickers Running Biogas Plants in Mumbai, India Sustainablog (blog) The Indian Municipal Solid Waste Rules of 2000 require source separation of waste and prohibit landfilling of biodegradable waste, but there is no formal...
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Cash-for-gold loans hide shadow-banking risks in India - Business Standard

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The Paradox of India's Informal Slum Economy | Planetizen

This piece from The New York Times goes inside the economic powerhouse of Mumbai's Dharavi slum to profile the informality that both troubles it and brings it prosperity. The shanty town of Dharavi is ...
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VEILLOT Mathieu's curator insight, December 6, 2017 12:49 PM
Le paradoxe de l'économie informelle dans les bidonvilles en INDE

Une entrevue du bidonville de Dharavi et de sa forte activité économique . On y trouve de bons magasins dans des cabanes étanches. En Inde, le secteur informel représente 90% des emplois. Cette fracture (entre secteur informel et secteur formel) est présente dans la plupart des pays, notamment les pays en développement, mais en Inde la proportion d'activités informelles, c'est-à-dire sans aucune intervention de l'Etat ou du gouvernement, est très importante. Pourtant des politiques d'aménagement ont été menées en Inde avec la création de zones urbaines pour attirer les grandes industries. L'objectif de ces zones est de capter les nouveaux urbains, ces migrants qui fuient le monde rural pour tenter leur chance dans les villes indiennes. Cet encouragement du gouvernement demeure mitigé en matière de résultats, preuve en est le bidonville de Dharavi, une forme de ville auto-créée par les pauvres Dans les pays en développement, la gestion de ces zones urbaines informelles est délicate, car elles apportent propspérité pour ces habitants, mais empêche les perspectives de contrôle, de gouvernance des autorités publiques. Cette question se pose dans tous les pays en développement ou presque, mais l'enjeu est plus considérable en particulier en Inde, où la croissance démographique du pays très soutenue a pour conséquence des villes surpeuplées.
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The Parallel Economy of Dharavi « {campfire sessions}

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In a recent New York Times article titled “In One Slum, Misery, Work, Politics, and Hope”, author Jim Yardley introduces the reader to a location in Mumbai, India, called Dharavi - the largest slum in all of Asia.
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Significant numbers of elderly in India work to earn living: UNFPA report - NetIndian

Significant numbers of elderly in India work to earn living: UNFPA report - NetIndian | The Informal Economy in Mumbai | Scoop.it
Significant numbers of elderly in India work to earn living: UNFPA reportNetIndianThe elderly are working primarily in the unorganized sector, where both productivity and pay are low. ...
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