Managing Urban Waste Leakage into local Urban drains.

Potential climate/ disaster impacts addressed by approach & Justification for approach:

Local government was assisted to identify persistent waste dumping points, which may lead to its leakage into local urban drains. Waste leakage into urban drains may lead to reduced flow capacity, chocking and local flooding. Obstructed flow may also lead to local mosquito breeding, putting local environmental sanitation at stake.

Process of Implementation:

Consultants were hired to identify open waste leakage points for open drain, whose outfall were characterized for terrestrial riverine system at Kanpur, coastal system for Kochi and marine system at Port Blair. The studies have been conducted and criteria have been developed to define hotspots. Clean-up campaigns, supported by behavioural changes have been undertaken, motivating people to avoid the dumping of waste in drains. Immobilization and removal of plastic and other waste from local urban drains have been undertaken at Kanpur city and further recommended for Port Blair city. Clean-up campaigns have been conducted and marine litter characterization for all 3 cities have been carried out. Material recovery facilities are being commissioned in all 3 cities to divert the collected waste from urban drains into recycling loop to ensure its sustainable management.

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