South Asia

Organized Panel Session

1 - Chemical and Cartographic Transformations of a Dumping Ground

Saturday, July 7
10:20 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: Magnolia, Lower Ground Floor

Soon after the Malad Dumping Ground was shut and transformed into a large “Technology Hub,” its occupants began noticing that their electronics would mysteriously fail every few months. Months of investigation finally found the problem to be the sublimating gases from the hastily closed dumped that had been faultily capped and sold in the open market. This paper attends to the physical and chemical lives of dumping grounds and the time required for those reactions to settle, which often do not match up with the developmental visions of the state. This mismatch in timelines if further exacerbated as a result of the state government’s desire to turn dumping grounds into “green” areas through urban planning and zoning transformations. Shadowing these intersecting, yet wholly incompatible timelines is the problem of dumping and the management of solid waste in the city, which though invisibilized, makes its presence felt through fires that erupt in dumping grounds and the debris that washes up the city’s shores.

Chitra Venkataramani

National University of Singapore, Singapore

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