Sustainable development

India is one of the worlds worst among the developing nations in solid waste management. India generates approximately 60 million tons of solid waste per year. At least 50% of all the waste coming from urban India and which includes waste from chemical factories, hospitals, industries, domestic waste coming from urban homes, e-waste, plastic waste, metals are put in dumpsites (landfills are planned and controlled by muncipalities) and these dumpsites are polluting the air, soil and underground water. Untrained and uneducated workforce manage most of the waste management system in India who recklessly manage these dumpsites which is causing this colossal damage to environment. Less than one third of plastic waste generated in India is managed safely for recycle. Though there are many waste management projects running in the PPP model in India they are not enough. The dark side is that only 65% of solid waste generated in India is collected and less than 25% of collected is treated and all municipalities dump the collected waste in landfills. Sources: unenvironment.org, in.undp.org, sustainabledevelopment.un.org, downtoearth.org.in. Sustainable cities and communities which is one among the Sustainable Development goals of UN guided by ISO 37101 is one of the way to look at smart cities development in India. More than half world population live in cities today (2020) and that is going to double by 2050. Let us allow our future generations to live with digitalization and smart technologies: https://urbanoctober.unhabitat.org/sites/default/files/2020-04/WCD2019__Key_Messages.pdf