Urban Ecology

A resilient city would seek to engage on important urban aspects with its key stakeholders. Wipro through its community programs is working closely with industry, government, and communities in creating platforms that enable working on some fundamental and sticky issues.

Welfare of Waste Pickers in Bengaluru

The Hasirudala project aims to organize waste workers, i.e. waste-pickers in Bangalore to enhance and upgrade their skills for innovation in waste management services leading to their increase in income by 10-40%, their formal inclusion in the waste management market approved by Bruhat Bangalore MahanagarPallike (BBMP) and increased access to social, nutrition and environmental security measures provided by state and other institutions.

HasiruDala’s significant achievement in its first year of inception has been to be able to integrate informal waste workers in operating 27 Dry Waste Cleaning Centers (DWCC). The city administration directly signed a memorandum of understanding with the waste pickers to operate dry waste collection centres known as Kartavya because of organization’s consistent advocacy with the municipal body. The given space has the potential to be transformed into a cooperative fair-trade scrap store and a place where public citizens, officers of the BBMP and waste pickers can interact and share ideas.

The following are some of the outcomes of this project during FY 2016-17.

Participative Ground Water Management

Ground water is a primary source of water in Bengaluru, especially for peripheral areas of the city which are not connected to the city municipal supply (BWSSB). In the last three years, the program has attempted to explore the issues of ground water in a 35 sq. km area around our corporate head-quarters in Bengaluru – an area that is completely dependent on ground water for its needs and which is largely unregulated. This is representative of many rapidly developing urban and peri-urban cities in India; in Bengaluru itself around 40% of its water needs is met by ground water. Our approach was to use a science-based approach to understand the hydrogeology of the area and engage communities through various platforms (citizen science, advocacy, facilitation of interventions). The program involved extensive borewell monitoring, VES (Vertical Electrical Sounding) studies and detailed studies in selected clusters. The idea was to evolve a decentralized model of ground water management.

The program has established the feasibility of shallow aquifer as a source of water as well as recharge and its linkages with how we treat surface water systems like rivers, lakes, wetlands and wells as part of a connected hydrogeological system. In the next phase of the program, we intend to expand to other areas of the city and also continue the work on communication and advocacy.

Lake Restoration Projects

Wipro has adopted the Kaikodrahalli and Shikaripalya lakes in Bangalore for restoration and maintenance of the same. Mahadevpura Parisara Samrakshane Mattu Abhivrudhi Samiti (MAPSAS) along with local non-profit water research group (BIOME) and Wipro worked to examine and identify biological options for sewage treatment that can be applied in the sub-chain of lakes around Kaikondrahalli.

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