Short Takes

2018-12-04T10:38:51+00:00April 29th, 2016|2016, Clean India, India Investment Journal April/May Edition, Year|

India’s sustainability and green agenda has caught the world’s imagination and here we take stock of some of the key moves within the Clean India mission, which ties in seamlessly with a number of other initiatives such as Solar India and Smart Cities. Toshiba bags Clean India contract UEM India, Japan based Toshiba Group’s water service unit in India, has bagged a $19.75 million (Rs 132.6 crore) contract from Jharkhand Urban Infrastructure Development Company (JUIDCO) to supply sewerage system in Sahibganj, [...]

Swachh Bharat Mission brings a sense of urgency

2018-12-04T10:48:39+00:00April 28th, 2016|2016, Clean India, India Investment Journal April/May Edition, Year|

The United Nations (UN) estimated that 2.5 billion people in the world lack access to adequate sanitation of whom 526 million defecate in the open. Chris Williams from the UN’s Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) gives us the India perspective on funding models that tie in with the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. What are some key WSSCC milestones in India? WSSCC has had a long and deep connection with India since the meeting 25 years ago in New Delhi, [...]

Moving India towards a Zero Waste model

2018-12-04T10:49:14+00:00April 28th, 2016|2016, Clean India, India Investment Journal April/May Edition, Year|

The founder-member of Saahas ZeroWaste start-up gives her insights into how their business model is revolutionising waste management and recycling in India and why the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan needs a more wider focus. Indian citizens are catching on to the Saahas Zero Waste model. In cities like Bangalore there is also a good eco-system for zero waste systems. Our Municipal Corporation now has a bulk waste policy which makes it mandatory for all entities generating more than 50kg of waste [...]

Making waste pay the Indian way

2018-12-04T10:51:27+00:00April 28th, 2016|2016, Clean India, India Investment Journal April/May Edition, Year|

Pom Pom is cashing in on a very traditional Indian concept of ‘kabadi’ or selling your waste for money. As a concept deeply rooted in the Indian ethos, it has found an easy fit with the Clean India programme. The idea of individuals selling their waste and making money out of it has always existed in India, and many developing countries for that matter. Even if the individual household doesn’t directly recycle, there is an informal system running at the [...]

A tech solution to the waste problem

2018-12-04T10:52:28+00:00April 28th, 2016|2016, Clean India, India Investment Journal April/May Edition, Year|

EnCashea is a company that leverages technology to find everyday solutions to the problem of waste management. We explore with its co-founder if the concept has a resonance with the traditional Indian outlook towards recycling. Leveraging the existing kabadiwala (waste/scrap collector) network to build a scalable and socially-responsible enterprise sounds like a great idea. However, from our initial experience in trying to implement such a model, we realised that maintaining a high service quality isn't possible with such a model. [...]

Swachh Bharat: Coca-cola’s mission to create a ripple effect of change

2018-12-04T10:33:29+00:00April 28th, 2016|2016, Clean India, India Investment Journal April/May Edition, Year|

Coca-Cola is one of the world’s best-known beverages giant. Here one of its senior executives reveals how the multinational is embracing the Clean India mission as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR). There are some startling statistics that should disturb all of us; a United Nations report highlights that India accounts for 90 per cent of South Asians and 59 per cent of the global population that practices open defecation. These numbers, by themselves, make the government’s Swachh Bharat [...]

Let cleanliness prevail in the backyard of our Swaraj

2018-12-04T11:02:31+00:00April 28th, 2016|2016, Clean India, India Investment Journal April/May Edition, Year|

The Adani Group has interests across agriculture, logistics and energy around the world. The Ahmedabad-headquartered conglomerate filters through its corporate social responsibility (CSR) with an environmentally friendly approach through the Adani Foundation. As I pen down this piece, it evokes me to tread a little back to the 1990s when the writings of Mahatma Gandhi on cleanliness, health and hygiene, were reproduced and hugely circulated post the unfortunate outbreak of plague in Surat, Gujarat. Only for the reason that we [...]

How ‘Green & Clean’ translates into big bucks for India

2018-12-04T10:57:55+00:00April 27th, 2016|2016, Clean India, India Investment Journal April/May Edition, Year|

The Clean India initiative goes far beyond its social remit into a business opportunity, for Indian and overseas companies alike. With the full weight of the government behind cleaner, greener infrastructure, there is no better time to invest in this sector. Internationally, green is considered the colour of money because the US dollar, the most widely used currency in the world, is green.  The Indian rupee is not green by any stretch of imagination but green could soon mean big [...]