Research Papers

An Audit of Municipal Solid Waste Management System in Selected Wards of Varanasi - A Case Study

Manuja Sourabh, Singh Nirbhay Kumar, Gaurav Jai Kuma, Rathi Vaibhav , Pandey Suneel, Ahmad Dilshad, Choudhary Kuldeep
| 2020

Growing population, increasing urbanization and changing lifestyles impact the municipal solid waste (MSW) generation quantities, stressing the management infrastructure and cities ability to manage waste. To understand the existing MSW management scenario, level of implementation of waste management Rules, 2016 and citizen’s engagement, an audit of MSW management system was conducted in the area of Varanasi Municipal Corporation (VMC) between 23rd September 2019 to 01st February 2020.

Improving Sustainable Energy Access among SC/ST Community in Chamarajanagara District of Karnataka

H H Ninga Setty and Gopal Lasya
| 2020

The main objective of the project was to improve the indoor air quality among SC&ST households in Chamarajanagara district, Karnataka state, through provision of clean energy solutions for cooking and lighting. This intervention was undertaken by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) with the support of Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India.

Study to Test and Operationalize Preventive Approaches for CKD of Undetermined Etiology in Andhra Pradesh, India.

John O, Gummidi B, Tewari A, Muliyil J P, Ghosh A, Sehgal M, Bassi A, Prinja S, Kumar V, Kalra OP, Kher V, Thakur JS, Ramakrishnan L, Pandey CM, Sivakumar V1, Dhaliwal RS, Khanna T, Kumari A, Sharma J, Malakondiah P, Jha V

Introduction: High prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) not associated with known risk factors has been reported from coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh. The Study to Test and Operationalize Preventive Approaches for Chronic Kidney Disease of Undetermined Etiology in Andhra Pradesh (STOP CKDu AP) aims to ascertain the burden (prevalence and incidence) of CKD, the risk factor profile, and the community perceptions about the disease in the Uddanam area of Andhra Pradesh.

Aquatic Plants, Landoltia punctata, and Azolla filiculoides as Bio-Converters of Wastewater to Biofuel

Miranda Ana F , Ram Kumar N , Spangenberg German, Subudhi Sanjukta, Lal Banwar, Mouradov Aidyn
| 2020

The aquatic plants, Azolla filiculoides, and Landoltia punctate, were used as complementing phytoremediators of wastewater containing high levels of phosphate, which simulates the effluents from textile, dyeing, and laundry detergent industries. Their complementarities are based on differences in capacities to uptake nitrogen and phosphate components from wastewater. Sequential treatment by L. punctata followed by A. filiculoides led to complete removal of NH4, NO3, and up to 93% reduction of PO4. In experiments where L. punctata treatment was followed by fresh L.

Isolation and characterization of a novel photoheterotrophic strain ‘Rubrivivax benzoatilyticus' TERI-CHL1: Photo fermentative hydrogen production from spent effluent

Verma Dipti, Ram Kumar N. , Subudhi Sanjukta
| 2020

A novel hydrogen producing photosynthetic bacterial strain identified as ‘Rubrivivax benzoatilyticus TERI-CHL1’ was isolated and purified from ‘TERI-CHL’ consortium’ enriched from the sediment samples of Chilika lagoon in Chilika, Odisha, India. Process parameters; pH & temperature, were optimized to enhance hydrogen production performence strain ‘TERI-CHL1’.

Environmental Impact and Cost effectiveness of Electric Vehicle subsidy in India

Harikumar Aravind, Thakur Palak
| 2020

This paper quantifies environmental impact of Electric Vehicle subsidies on vehicular emissions and evaluates effectiveness of subsidy allocation to different vehicular segments (two wheeler, three wheeler, four wheeler and buses) .It is found that most amount of subsidy is allocated for the least environmentally cost effective vehicular segment, buses. That is, most amount of funds are allocated for marginally improving efficiency of the most efficient vehicle segment (buses).

Exploring the Usefulness of Meteorological Data for Predicting Malaria Cases in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

Sehgal Meena and Ghosh Sujit
| 2020

Malaria and dengue fever are among the most important vectorborne diseases in the tropics and subtropics. Average weekly meteorological parameters—specifically, minimum temperature, maximum temperature, humidity, and rainfall—were collected using data from 100 automated weather stations from the Indian Space Research Organization. We obtained district-level weekly reported malaria cases from the Integrated Disease Surveillance Program (IDSP), Department of Health and Family Welfare, Andhra Pradesh, India, for three years, 2014–16.

Carbon footprint of urban public transport systems in Indian cities

Ghate Akshima Tejas, Qamar Sharif
| 2020

Investment in public transport is unarguably one of the most critical measures to be adopted by the Indian city authorities to tackle the issue of rising private vehicles, congestion and pollution. A large number of Indian cities are in the process of planning/implementing public transport projects, mainly – city bus system, bus rapid transit system (BRTS) and metro rail transit system (MRTS). Decisions related to the development of a particular type of public transport system are primarily based on technical and financial criteria.

National Mineral Policy 2019: a Remedy as Bad as the Disease?

Vijay Kumar S.
| 2020

The mineral sector is regulated through the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act 1957 (MMDR Act) enacted by Parliament, and the rules there under and the changes in the law (and rules) and the policy have generally been going in step. The MMDR Act was amended in 2015, primarily to make auction the sole mode of granting mineral concessions (i.e. prospecting licences and mining leases). Some consequential changes were also made in the rules: the National Mineral Policy (NMP) of 2019 is thus primarily a revision of NMP of 2008.