Excreta Matters: Newsletter Archives

November, 2013
River in, sewage out is the only thing city planners and engineers know about water supply and waste water disposal in South Asia.
 August, 2013
Rivers are sewers
Water binds South Asia together.
October, 2013
Follies in a place of abundance
A tradition is a belief or behaviour within a society of significant meaning with origins in the past.
June 2013
Bill versus Draft
Three months after a new version of the National Water
July 2013
Bill versus Draft
But the Uttarakhand government looks singularly inept given its leaden-footed response to the floods
April 2013
A Yamuna Wetland, anyone?
A river is the sum of many parts, so is the Yamuna. It’s about 1350 km long, flowing through Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi and forms border with Himachal Pradesh.
May 2013
Remedies start in small doses
Last month, I suggested drastic surgery – open up the Yamuna River’s floodplains into one gigantic wetland, as in Kolkata, to improve water quality.
January 2013
Water Policy is a giant step to nowhere

The National Water Policy 2012 cleared by the National Water Resources Council (NWRC) a few days ago, is a mixed bag.
February 2013
Anil Agarwal Dialogue: Excreta Does Matter:
Underlining the importance of improving our urban water supply and sewage management, we are holding the Second Anil Agarwal Dialogue: Excreta Does Matters in New Delhi on the 4th and 5th of March.
December. 2012
Holy filth
Three festivals have come and gone, and our rivers are the filthier for them. Ganesh Chaturthi, Durga Puja and Chath Puja left their mark yet again on the already filthy waterways in the shape of plastic bags, broken idols and oil from lamps.
November 2012
Water & Pollutants
That polluted water can raise a stink wafted into public memory about a century-and-a-half ago, when the Thames River in London made its smelly presence felt to that country’s august Houses of Parliament.