When tourists consume more than the locals

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I had hung up my towel on the rack for reusing. The usual placard in the Delhi hotel bathroom said only towels on the floor would be replaced. But when I returned to my room at night, I found a new towel in place.

That was in 2013, the year when 35 five-star hotels were given notice by the Delhi government for using 15 million litres of water per day of municipal supplies. Half of these hotels did not have a dedicated sewage treatment plant. It was one of the hottest summers and Delhi residents were suffering disruptions in water supply.

Tourism-related water use is very small as a percentage of total water used in countries. And yet, the local picture is entirely different. This is because it competes for the same water used by the local population. Continue reading

Cleaning the Ganga is not about just cleaning the Ganga

http://www.niticentral.com/2014/08/29/cleaning-ganga-an-environmental-cultural-need-236845.html

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Why are Hindu texts being blamed for India’s sanitation problems?

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The New York Times has just published an article which reports that malnutrition in India is not so much caused by the lack of nutrition as due to the lack of sanitation. This is indeed a damning discovery.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/15/world/asia/poor-sanitation-in-india-may-afflict-well-fed-children-with-malnutrition.html Continue reading

INTERMITTENT SUPPLY IN INCREDIBLE INDIA

 

Courtesy: Vinay Rao

Courtesy: Vinay Rao

For those living in Singapore, Seoul or Hong Kong it might be hard to imagine living conditions where house-owners have to make elaborate pumping and storage arrangements for holding on to the few hours of water supplied in a day. Conversely, it is equally hard for those living in India to imagine a house with no arrangement to pump, store or treat water because clean tapwater is supplied 24 hours in a day. Continue reading

Indian TV talk show calls for action on water

Aamir Khan in Satyamev Jayate

A tanker brings water to a thirsty village and all hell breaks loose. Men, women, boys and girls swarm around the tanker trying to fill their buckets – there is much pushing and shoving even as scuffles break out. Sometimes, kids get trampled in the stampede, sometimes the tanker itself accidentally runs over people and injures them. Continue reading

A Raw Deal for Vegetarians

Asian-Tuna-Salad-with-Black

It is the same story at every conference I attend. At lunchtime, I move towards the food-laden tables hoping to find something that I can eat, but end up being thoroughly disappointed. The only items on offer for vegetarians are salads; all very good to look at, but not at all filling. On the other hand, meat-eaters have a variety of dishes to choose from. Why are vegetarians given a raw deal? Continue reading