Environmental engineering

Manual scavenging
Democracy
Economic inequality
Human rights

Manual scavenging deaths in India, realities and the right and wrong questions to ask

Manual scavenging is a brutal occupation often imposed on the most disenfranchised dalits. Hazardous and with poor income and dignity, it often kills manual scavengers entering toxic drains without protection. This is a problem, but the answer needs to see the bigger picture.

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Corruption

K Raheja’s Horizon Green Building in Deep Trouble due to Unauthorized Soak Pit

Mumbai, 13th January, 2017: K Raheja Constructions got away with lots of violations in their Horizon Green project in Borivali East. They succeeded in procuring Drainage Completion Certificate (DCC) and Occupation Certificate (OC) in early 2015 without actually constructing drainage. To hoodwink potential flat-buyers and early-bird occupants and emboldened by BMC officials’ complicity, the Rahejas tried to secretly dig a soak-pit in December 2015. The plan […]

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Environment

Check Dams: A practical alternative to our large dam fetish

Check Dams are boulder dams or rock check dams. The purpose of check dams is to retain water up stream, so that the water percolates into the ground and recharges the ground water table. As concerns arise around large dams and environment, check dams are proving their worth over and over. Check Dams built on […]

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