India Shows How Investing in Smaller Projects Can Drive Large-Scale Green Transformation
By Ashish Chaturvedi, Head, Energy, Environment and Resilience, UNDP India
Driving from Mumbai’s airport towards the suburb of Bandra, gives one a view of the Bandra Worli Sea Link – an engineering masterpiece that reduces travel time by 70%. It also provides an opportunity to drive over the beautiful Arabian Sea, an experience in itself.
As you turn to the right, you reach another masterpiece unheard of thus far but one that should be celebrated as much as the Sea Link. A busy material recovery facility (MRF), hidden underneath a flyover at the end of the Sea Link, which manages 10 tonnes of waste daily. Operated by an NGO, Aasra, with the support of UNDP, private sector partners, and the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, the facility works closely with the local community.
The drive over the Arabian Sea may be more enticing than the piles of PET bottles, crisp bags, and dry waste at the MRF, but the facility has the allure of a thriving and bustling enterprise conscious of its contribution to the environment and the local community.