Polluted Coasts and Creeks - Sewage Management Practices in Mumbai

Key Findings:

  • Partially-treated and untreated sewage drain into creeks, rivers and the sea in and around Mumbai
  • Water quality of these aquatic bodies are deteriorating
  • Waste treatment plants have no facility to treat faecal coliform
  • Most plans to provide sanitation facilities in slums seek to build toilets without providing connections to sewer lines
  • Government Master Plan slated to be completed by 2025 seeks to collect and treat waste water generated in Mumbai in modern sewage treatment plants to meet all environmental standards, including treating faecal coliform to stipulated levels, and also recycle and reuse the treated waste water in industries and horticulture

  • Sustainable Waste Management Practices - Updated Case Studies

    In view of the environmental harm and carbon emissions from wastes, particularly from large waste dumps, ICOR and the Citizens' Action Group on Waste Management had, in 2013-14, documented ten case studies of good waste management practices in Mumbai. Since sustainability and scalability are important parameters of good waste management practices and models, ICOR decided to conduct a follow-up study on whether these models have been sustained/scaled up over the years. Factors looked into included way in which these models were sustained or scaled up, and if problems encountered. Three case studies have been updated so far - waste management by a slum organisation in Borivili, a middle class housing society in Vile Parle which has now motivated people and extended its work to neighbouring areas, and a large upper class housing society in Lower Parel. In two of these cases, work has been sustained and scaled up, however financial reasons caused a slight performance decline in one case.


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    • Polluted Coasts and Creeks - Sewage Management Practices in Mumbai (2017)
    • Solid Waste Management - Updated Case Studies (2017)
    • Laudato Si’ - Inter-faith Kit (2016)
    • Climate Change, Coastal Ecology and Fisheries in Maharashtra - Conference Report (2015)
    • Industrial Greenhouse Gases Emissions in Maharashtra - Project Report (2014)
    • Report of Round-table Discussion on Promoting Decentralised Waste Management in Mumbai (2013)
    • Climate Change and an Approach to Water (2013)
    • GO GREEN - A Handbook on Conservation of Natural Resources (2012)
    • Tapping Energy, Tackling Climate Change - Towards Community-based Waste Management (2012)
    • Solid Waste Management - An Updated Guide (2011)
    • Nutritional and Health Status of Fishing Communities in the Uttan-Gorai Area with Special Emphasis on Women (2011)
    • Vulnerabilities of Fishing Communities to Ecological and Climate Changes - A pilot study in Dharavi Bet in Mumbai (2011)
    • Christianity and Climate Justice (2011)
    • A Guide for Solid Waste Management (2010)
    • The Great Mumbai Deluge - a compilation of news reports about the July 26, 2005 floods in Mumbai, published by DRTC and ICOR (2005)
    • Report on the Consultation on the UN System and Civil Society Initiatives, organised by INECC, ICOR, JPC and VAK (2005)
    • WTO - Free or Fair Trade - Handbook published by DRTC, JPC and ICOR in collaboration with Hotline-Asia (2005)
    • Study of Volunteerism - A Report (2001)
    • Social Analysis for Social Transformation (1999)
    • Findings of the Research on Savings and Credit Programmes in Eighteen Social Service Societies in Tamil Nadu (1999)
    • Towards an Understanding of Globalisation (1998)
    • Proceedings of Rural Seminar on Globalisation by Jankalyan Bahuuddeshiy Shikshan Prasarak Mandal in collaboration with ICOR (1998)
    • Credit Facilities in Tamil Nadu (1998)
    • Born to Die: Female Infanticide in Usilampatti Taluk, Tamil (1998)
    • ICOR Reflections: On its research studies from 1990-1994 (1996)
    • The Bhoomi Sena: Evolution of People’s Organisation (1996)
    • Communication Dynamics in Participatory Human Development (1996)
    • Towards an Understanding of Peoples Movements: History from Below (1996)
    • Fishworkers Movement in Kerala (1995)
    • Survey Research of Social Work: A Primer (1993)
    • Towards Integrated Human Development (1990)