Additional Municipal Commissioner R.A. Rajeev hopes that images of Mumbai’s sprawling garbage landfills shown in the UK film, Slumdog Millionaire, will never be featured in another film again.
And Britain is trying to ensure this hope is not in vain.
On Wednesday, an environment and water seminar mission to India organised by the UK Trade and Investment saw British firms offering low-carbon solutions for Mumbai.
Rajeev, the keynote speaker at the seminar, focused on the need for solid waste management in the city among other concerns such as sewerage system, vehicular emissions and drinking water supply.
He shared BMC’s solid waste management success story of the Rs 50 crore project for the scientific closure of the Gorai landfill project, which earned the corporation Rs 74 crore in carbon credits.
The British Deputy High Commissioner in Mumbai, Peter Beckingham, highlighted the high degree of technical expertise of British companies in the environmental sector.
He said: “London is one of the largest carbon trading centres in the world. The environmental business in the UK is estimated to be £25 billion with a workforce of half million. India is an important market for us.”
Representatives from the UK firms presented their unique solutions for sustainable solid waste management and landfill gas management.
One company explained how its technology could help Indian farmers covert organic waste into fertilisers within four days and generate income by recovering resources from the waste.
Another firm introduced their new advanced system designed to monitor raw sewage, industrial effluents and storm waters — significant to Mumbai, which faced a deluge in 2005 because of inefficient sewage systems.
Another pressing city crisis — the shortage in water supply — was addressed by a company that innovates in solar powered distillation of wastewater for water reuse.