Puducherry Municipal Services Private Limited (PMSPL): An Organized Criminal Racket?
Is there any better way to describe Puducherry Municipal Services Private Limted than, “an organized criminal racket”? What better describes the impunity with which PMSPL violates the Indian government’s municipal solid waste management rules? Six months into their contract with Puducherry Municipality, PMSPL is still collecting, hauling and dumping mixed municipal solid waste, in violation of regulations that mandate segregation of biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste, composting and recycling, and restrict landfilling to inert materials.
Rather than taking steps to minimize landfilling, PMSPL dumps everything they get their hands on, filling Puducherry’s Karuvadaikuppam dumpyard faster than you can say, “environmental catastrophe”. Such mismanagement of Pondicherry’s garbage is not only illegal, it also violates rights and protections granted to citizens by India’s Constitution. I recognized that municipal waste mismanagement is a human rights violation when I was contacted recently by an international organization that requested permission to use my photography in a report for the UN Human Rights Council’s Special Rapporteur.
The connection between waste management and human rights become apparent immediately upon entering Karuvadaikuppam dumpyard. Children’s rights, especially, are completely disregarded by the authorities.
Last Saturday, I visited Karuvadaikuppam to see for myself. Here are some images of the situation there: