Sri Lanka’s ambitious goals for economic growth and joining the community of uppermiddle-income countries call for setting high standards for the water supply and sanitation (WSS) sector.

Between 2014 and 2050, India is projected to add 404 million urban dwellers and the number of rural residents is expected to decline by 52 million.

The High Court accepted recommendations of this expert committee report on long term action plan for waste management for Delhi and asked the municipal corporations of Delhi (MCDs) to submit waste management rules within two weeks.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Trans Delhi Signature City-Residents’ Welfare Association (TDSC-RWA) Vs. Chairman/Managing Director (UPSIDC) & Others dated 05/06/2017 regarding disposal of municipal solid waste in Trans Delhi Signature City, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. NGT directs UPPCB to inspect the area and submit the status report in case they find that Air and Water Act’s consent and conditions of the EC are violated, shall take action as accordance with law against the offending parties.

Judgement of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Ashutosh Kumar Sharma Vs State of Uttar Pradesh & Others dated 26/05/2017 regarding laying of storm water/sewer pipeline in Ward No. 6 for village Shobhapur, Rohata Road, Police Station Kankar Kheda, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. It is the case of the Applicant Ashutosh Kumar Sharma that the said drain is just above the drinking water pipeline of the applicant which possibly will result in contamination of the drinking water supply in the entire village consisting of about 20,000 residents.

Questions have been raised about methodology adopted in Swachh Survekshan Report 2017. Instead of encouraging sustainable practices like segregation at source and recycle and reuse, the survey seems to have rewarded cities that are focussing on collection of unsegregated waste and transporting it to landfills.

Urban India is now the world's third largest garbage generator. But the amount of waste generated is not as much of an issue as the fact that over 45 million tonnes (or 3 million trucks worth) of garbage is untreated and disposed of by municipal authorities each year in an unhygienic manner.

Indore is India’s cleanest city, according to the Swachh Survekshan 2017 (Swachh Bharat survey 2017), which was conducted in 434 cities and towns of the country. Other top 10 cleanest cities of the country are Bhopal, Visakhapatnam, Surat, Mysuru, Tiruchirapally, New Delhi Municipal Council, Navi Mumbai, Vadodara and Chandigarh.

Burgeoning urbanisation coupled with policy implementation gaps have resulted in growing disparities in the provision of public infrastructure services in urban areas of India.

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