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Recently, I had the opportunity to visit a solid waste management facility in Mumbai. Within seconds of arriving I was greeted with the aroma of decomposing waste, some of which had been accumulating for months. Months! The waste was just sitting there, exposed to the elements, a veritable buffet for birds, stray dogs and every strain of disease known to mankind...
It's something we've all become quite immune to: little mounts of garbage lining pavements, larger hillocks of trash gracing street corner, roads littered with debris and filth of unknown provenance. One thing is clear: waste is seriously mismanaged in India and an indication of a failure of civic sense as well as governance. Mysore is one city where this failure is clearly evident, especially in the empty lands outside the city that have over the years been colonised by ton upon ton of solid waste.