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India Inc's role in safeguarding Mumbai

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Gone to Waste
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Kora Kendra ecological crisis Sept 2005

Recycle, DNA

Loo Side Story
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Nashik Municipal Corporation certificate to Green Cross

India Empowered
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Chillibreeze Interview with Shantharam Shenai

1. Why we should pay more attention to garbage disposal?

Garbage has been a valuable resource in rural areas, primarily because rural people have been eco-sensitive and have always practiced recycling. The urban community is wasteful and spoilt by the money that comes without much work. Hence they waste their resources. But the laws of nature apply everywhere and this waste of resources produces pollution that has unpleasant signals and results in suffering.


2. Why has this ‘problem’ become an ‘emergency’ now?

Shantharam Shenai demonstrates that
sludge from an eco-toilet is odourless

The signals have got stronger now and new illnesses have emerged that seem to be aimed at eliminating people who do not follow the laws of nature.

3. Can you tell us about the innovative ‘earthworm technology’?

Garbage is designed by nature to go to the soil so that it gets processed by natural forces and feeds the plants. This can support us in a sustainable manner and such soil (not water or air) is a good medium for plant growth.

Earthworm technology has now evolved to Bio Sanitizer (an innovation by Dr. Uday S. Bhawalkar PhD, I.I.T. Bombay) which is a compact, well-evolved eco-tool used to enliven the soil and facilitate recycling of garbage and sewage (ground garbage and 990 times of its volume of wasted drinking water). 10 g of soil BS (VERMI3G) costing Rs 1,000/- can be used to enliven soil for 10 potted plants. Farmers are already closer to nature and hence they can use 10 g of VERMI3G for 1 acre of their field, if mixed with the farmyard manure they have.

Shantharam Shenai gargling with ecologically
healed sewage

Taking it one step further is Water BS. It is called BS7 and costs Rs 10,000/- for a 100 mg packet. It can be used in wells, borewells or water storage tanks by farmers or urban families. It results in us getting eco-water which becomes a resource that heals the soil, food, water, air and human bodies. Our pets also become healthy and signals such as odour, pathogens, pests get reduced automatically.

4. How does the new method of managing garbage actually create soil?

Soil is a medium for plant growth. Garbage becomes a universal medium (good for all the plants) within a few minutes of BS-treatment (either through dry mixing of VERMI3G or spray of eco-water created by use of BS7).

5. Would it be a feasible plan to do a tie-up such that the soil created by the breaking down of organic material was supplied to organic farms?

The transport of garbage or soil created from it is a wasteful process. There is enough scope to green all the terraces that get scorched by hot sun. This will also provide some ecology education to urbanites (who are spoiling the rural people, through their wasteful practices).

6. Could this bring the prices of organic food down a bit?

That will happen when more farmers practice organic farming, when they see organic farming on urban terraces with negligible original soil and without fertilizers or pesticides.

7. How important is publicity to ventures of this nature?

The media has been giving good publicity to such practices and because of this few urbanites have been practicing these methods.

8. How can the common public be convinced that the segregation of garbage into organic waste and non-organic is not a punishment that they should fight against?

It appears to create an extra task for 'busy urbanites' but this notion is created because of term 'segregation'. This is not a physical act, just a mental act similar to how we use the toilet and not any other room for bodily excrements! While natural organic components should go to the soil, all industry-originated items should go (in fact this has been happening both in rural and urban areas) to the respective industries because it makes eco-sense and profit.

All eco-sensible acts generate profit and this is the only sensible way to beat the recession. It is not a war that kills people who do not follow your ideals (that are wrong in the first place). Laws of ecology and economy are similar because both are eco-activities.

Urban life will become more and more hazardous and that will reduce the population of people not following the laws of nature. But if we all practice these laws, our earth can increase her carrying capacity manifold.

Published on: 23rd October 201



Nature’s technology

I sometimes feel that I have lived many lives. I was an electronics engineer, an administrator for Mumbai’s first home for women schizophrenics, and have witnessed a return to their sanity purely through Sudarshan Kriya when there was no money for psychotic medications. 

Now I work in the area of toxicity management and if there’s one thing I’ve learnt it’s that Mother Nature is generous and will provide everything, and the universe is by nature unlimited. On the flipside, human thinking deteriorates with toxicity build-up, which impairs our thinking. But the question is whether our brains are already too toxic to listen to ecological solutions? 

My journey to this point began 20 years ago, when I attended the Indian Institute of Technology Science Congress and was amazed to see the canteen’s waste being put to use through vermiculture. After that, I attended a workshop by the pioneer of deep burrowing earthworm ecotechnology, Dr Uday Bhawalkar, where we visited a Venky’s chicken plant, where we noticed 3 tonne of chicken waste being transformed daily into fertilizer without odour. 

Many years later, while working on a water-related project inspired by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living Foundation, I learnt fantastic things about how chemical and biological toxicity can be solved in a manner that regular science could not explain. Simply put, I was astonished at the power of the lowly earthworm. 

But that was only a stepping stone to a totally different world that began to unfold before my eyes. It’s called Bio- Sanitizer technology developed by Dr Bhawalkar and is based on the principle that nature is also electronics (nature is about chemistry, and chemical reactions take place through electron bonds). This eventually led to the development of the Bio-Diversity Chip. For instance, if you put these chips in engine oil, there is no need to change the oil as it keeps mending itself. 

The essence or guna of plants and then put them in tiny biochips. A packet less than a third the size of your palm can hold an acre of biodiversity. We take the plant function and concentrate and focus it. When we use the Bio-Sanitizer technology and Bio-Diversity Chip, something unusual happens. We call this a miracle. But when you can make the miracle happen consistently, we call it technology. And this technology will bring about a paradigm change in the way we live. 

Our current economics is based on profit manipulation, while a green economy converts waste to wealth. Does that mean we must return to a rural lifestyle to live ‘green’? Not at all. It is possible to enjoy the benefits of discoveries of modern civilisation if adequately protected with nature-driven processes that heal toxicity, by converting poison into medicine.

—Shantharam Shenai, Mumbai

Featured in Harmony - Celebrate Age Magazine
March 2012



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India Inc's role in safeguarding Mumbai's health 
Aug 29, 2005

One of the best things that happened last week was that Corporate India not succumbing to pressure tactics of the state government by rushing with their cheques for the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. Many of India’s leading industrialists simply stayed away from the meeting and those who attended, reportedly sent an unambiguous message that they wouldn’t cough up money without a clear plan. So far, all we have seen is knee-jerk reactions. The political establishment, cutting across party lines has finally shifted focus from banning dance bars to banning plastic bags.

There is no arguing the fact that plastic bags combined with the poor civic sense of Mumbaikars, played a significant role in choking drains. Unfortunately there is little clarity about the scope and implementation of the ban.

Now that the government has fixed the ostensible cause of flooding, we need to worry about its failure to deal with health and sanitation issues that have grown into an ongoing and unresolved nightmare.

A month after the deluge, Dengue and Leptospirosis has already claimed 247 persons and a thousand more have been hospitalised. While the media is rapidly losing interest in the story, the state has yet to find an effective treatment for the waste and sewage that flooded through Mumbai’s streets and houses after the deluge. The problem is more acute in badly-affected pockets, slums and localities that are close to open drains or overflowing garbage bins.

Contrary to popular perception, the spread of disease through mosquitoes and rats is unlikely to end very quickly. In fact, increased toxicity during the hotter months of September and October could lead to a second round of epidemic. The urgent need to clear dead animals after July 26, forced the municipal corporation to hastily bury or chuck carcasses in dumping grounds or open spaces.

Sources connected with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) say over 2,000 buffalo carcasses and a massive 12,000 dog and goat carcasses were dumped at the Vasai and Deonar dumping grounds. In some cases, there has been an effort to bury them, but not at Vasai.

The Indian Express has in its possession photographs taken just a week ago, which show that carcasses thrown in the Vasai dumping ground are generating dangerous toxic waste and such high stench, that it is unsafe to visit the ground without protection. Today, Mumbai has two options: to deal with frequent epidemics carried from these toxic graveyards or to treat them and contain the danger.

The former is not really an option for a megalopolis aspiring to become an international financial centre. A quick Google search reveals that news about Mumbai’s 200-odd deaths has been reported across the world. On August 16, the International Herald Tribune carried reported Mumbai’s disease related deaths under the headline ‘‘People are dying like flies’’.

Another severe outbreak could generate international travel advisories and disrupt business. It is all very well for industrialists to ask the Chief Minister to produce a plan before they cough up money, but they would do well to pay attention to the consequences of untreated garbage to themselves and their employees.

Can we leave it to the municipal authorities to work at preventing epidemics? Even if these authorities have the will to do so, do they have the resources and the flexibility to consider new and innovative ways of disease prevention?

Dr Uday Bhawalkar and Dr H.S. Shankar of IIT Mumbai have designed a breakthrough solution that is being actively supported by The Indian Express. Their work has led to two doctorates and a US patent (check

Dr Bhawalkar, who heads the Bhawalkar Ecological Research Institute (BERI), has developed the Vermi+Biosanitizer, which acts as a catalyst for treatment of garbage and sewage, preventing the spread of disease through nitrat management.

The Biosanitizer was used to clean the Powai Lake and free it from water hyacinth. The Express Initiative, led by Shantaram Shenai of Green Cross, was limited to demonstrating the effectiveness of the Biosanitizer (refer The Indian Express, August 14) by spraying it on garbage at Juhu, with the active help and support of senior municipal officers. However, a far more concentrated treatment is required at the dumping grounds and other affected areas.

Dr Bhawalkar recommends sprinkling the recommended quantities of Vermi++ Biosanitizer at the dumping grounds of Vasai and Deonar (the most dangerous areas) as well as places that were especially affected by the flooding (Sakinaka, Kherwadi, Dharavi, Kalina, Bharatnagar, Vasai and Deonar). Its immediate effect would kill the stench; the Biosanitizer would then leech through the soil and prevent the development of disease-carrying mosquitoes, flies and rats.

Although The Indian Express is keen to take this effort forward, a larger programme would require corporate support and initiative. The alternative is to wait for municipal and government authorities to plod through the paperwork required to experiment with breakthrough technology and hope that it leads to an official clearance for the use of such remedies for the greater common good.

Unfortunately, as Dr Bhawalkar points out, time is not a luxury available to Mumbai and large parts of Maharashtra that are affected by the floods. Although much of the criticism aimed at the government and the municipal corporation after the deluge was justified, there are times when business has to look at the larger picture. Today, municipal workers who deal with the garbage and transport it to the dumps are directly and constantly exposed to disease. They are as much in need of support and sympathy as the average Mumbaikar who was affected by the rains.

Dealing with the situation does not require a huge financial outlay. Dr Bhawalkar estimates that treating all the worst-affected parts of Mumbai with the Biosanitizer concentrate will require an outlay of under Rs 25 lakh. Raising the money ought not to be a problem, what is lacking is the vision and willingness to get past the blame game and support a positive initiative that can be replicated in the rest of Maharashtra and around the country







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