Articles by Ashwathy Anand

Ashwathy Anand is a project associate with the Urban Water team at WRI India. She works at the intersection of water, people and development in cities using her interdisciplinary background as architect, planner and development practitioner. She has also been involved with research on blue-green infrastructure, restoration of waterbodies, waterfront regeneration and innovation in water-waste nexus.

As cities use up more resources, produce more and consumption spirals upward, there is a concomitant increase in solid waste generation. While this solid waste is comprised of both biodegradable waste and non-biodegradable waste (plastic, rubber, aluminum, glass etc.), the latter is what is most damaging to the environment. Most of the non-biodegradable waste ends up in landfills, open dumps and the natural environment, such as drains, rivers, lakes and the oceans. The iconic Hussain Sagar lake in Hyderabad presents a perfect example of an urban water body impacted by an increase in the flow of floating solid waste from…

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