Metabolism Of Mumbai- Expectations, Impasse and the Need For a New Beginning

Published By: Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research | Published Date: January, 01 , 2013

As population and human activities expand they exert heavy environmental pressure through the resource requirement, their production and consumption. Hence, it is important to understand the resource flows into the city, the transformations that take place and the resulting products and wastes. One method of measuring resource use efficiency is through the analysis of urban metabolism. It provides a good analytical framework for accounting of urban stocks and through puts and helps understand critical processes as well (increasing or decreasing ground water resources, long-term impacts of hazardous construction materials, etc.). Mumbai is a business and industrial city, with a population of about 18 million. It highlights the economic, social and environmental conditions of the city. On the input side, water, energy, food and construction material use are taken into account, and on the output side, waste water, air pollution and municipal solid waste are examined. The concept of urban metabolism is put forth as an organizing concept for data collection, analysis, and synthesis on urban systems. The main findings and recommendations of the case study underpin efficient resource urban policy and design, as well as enhance sustainable production and consumption.

Author(s): B. Sudhakara Reddy | Posted on: Feb 12, 2013 | Views(562) | Download (426)

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