ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Delhi’s Waste Woes: Is There a Way Out?

As in many Indian cities, Delhi’s landfills continue to be used as dumpsites for all kinds of waste. This happens despite the Municipal Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 which explicitly restrict landfill use only for disposal of inert, non-recyclable, and non-biodegradable waste and also mandate waste generators to segregate waste before it is collected. It is widely acknowledged that waste segregation at the household level is the most efficient way to address this problem. In practice, however, inducing such behaviour at the household level is a challenge for public authorities responsible for waste management. This study has found low cost interventions such as information and norms to be effective in inducing favourable behavioural change.

Off-grid Energy Development in India

A critical evaluation of existing approaches to the off-grid development in India suggests that successful decentralised interventions are contingent upon the combined influence of three key determinants, that is, strength of policy support, community participation, and productive linkages. Technology, source of finance and plant size are other key determinants. Contrary to the established wisdom on role of communities, it is suggested that, in practice, the reality of capacity constraints among communities, local-level conflicts and elite capture subvert community participation.

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