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Puducherry Municipal Services Private Limited (PMSPL): An Organized Criminal Racket?

June 6, 2011

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:

Garbage arrives in compactors, and is distributed by an earth mover

Garbage arrives in compactors, and is distributed by an earth mover at kruvadaikuppam dumpyard

A girl who resides at the dump recovers recyclables while a compactor unloads

A girl who resides at the dump recovers recyclables while a compactor unloads

Children stand back to avoid being hit by the earth mover's bucket

Children stand back to avoid being hit by the earth mover's bucket

Many children work amidst the heavy machinery

Many children work amidst the heavy machinery

A compacted Coke bottle contains a few precious drops

A compacted Coke bottle contains a few precious drops

A childhood with little time for schooling

A childhood with little time for schooling

A girl bags a recyclable item

A girl bags a recyclable item

What future is in store for such children?

What future is in store for such children?

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. devanathaperumal permalink
    October 7, 2011 1:44 pm

    cleaning process is not done for more than 6 days . place-“ariyapalayam” villianur pondicherry.
    here two dogs dead 5 days before and it in decayed state. a dreadfully smell around the area.
    take necessary steps to solve this problem.

  2. October 26, 2011 3:35 am

    Drains in my area are not being cleared and they are blocked with
    all garbages resulting in choking/clogging of drains.kindly do the needful.
    james
    10 sathya nagar east
    puducherry 605013
    9442648428

  3. suresh permalink
    November 9, 2011 2:42 pm

    Dear Sir,

    At least on seeing these Photo’s , let it change the mind set and attitude of the agency.

    Regards
    Rtn Suresh

  4. Gautham Nahar permalink
    November 10, 2011 12:33 pm

    Never Changing work attitute of govt and its staff!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. February 16, 2012 4:48 pm

    All the waste are collected in our and storing in a particular street in our area and people get suffering due to waste and got increase in masquitoes . Pls make the street clean and make pondicherry clean . . Address saint saimon pet ,muthailpet

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