A new imagination for waste and water in India’s peri-urban interface

Mundoli, Seema and C. S., Dechamma and Auddy, Madhureema and Sanfui, Abhiri and Nagendra, Harini (2022) A new imagination for waste and water in India’s peri-urban interface. In: Water security, conflict and cooperation in peri-urban South Asia flows across boundaries. Springer, Switzerland, pp. 27-43.

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Abstract

Cities are often seen as incubators for enterprise and innovation. However, in this urbanization era, we seem to suffer from a lack of imagination on how to handle the many environmental problems associated with expanding cities. This is especially true in the case of the peri-urban interface (PUI), a geographical and conceptual landscape with which the city core often has a contentious relationship. In this chapter, we look at the complex linkages between water and waste in the PUIs of two metropolitan cities: Bengaluru and Kolkata. We look at two water systems: Kannuru lake in Bengaluru and Kolkata’s wetlands. Kannuru is a freshwater lake that supported traditional livelihoods and subsistence use by local communities, while Kolkata’s peri-urban wetlands not only served as the city’s natural sewage treatment plant but also enabled agriculture and aquaculture. Urbanization has adversely impacted both these water systems. Kannuru lake is threatened by a landfill on its periphery, while sewage-based farming and fisheries in Kolkata’s wetlands have been impacted by changes in land use and composition of sewage. We unravel the complexity in the waste-water relationship, where waste is seen as a pollutant in one and as a nutrient in the other. We attempt to understand how we can re-envision waste and water linkages in the PUIs of expanding cities if India needs to move towards a sustainable future.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors: Mundoli, Seema and C. S., Dechamma and Auddy, Madhureema and Sanfui, Abhiri and Nagendra, Harini
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English
Uncontrolled Keywords: India,Lake,Landfill,Peri-urban,Sewage,Wetlands
Subjects: Sustainability
Divisions: Azim Premji University > School of Development
Full Text Status: Public
URI: http://publications.azimpremjifoundation.org/id/eprint/3427
Publisher URL: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-03...

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