CENTRE FOR APPLIED RESEARCH AND PEOPLE’S ENGAGEMENT
To establish a model process for transforming urban solid waste management systems in Indian cities towards a zero waste paradigm.
While CARPE was formally registered in 2015, the founding directors – Natasha Zarine and Gauri Mirashi – started working in the field of Solid Waste Management in February 2014. The first project was aimed at setting up an efficient SWM system in Sindhi Colony – a residential area of 250 households. By November 2014 a team of four was working in two wards of Aurangabad, covering a household population of 4000. These initial projects were carried out in partnership with residents groups and individual elected representatives.
Early 2015 marked the first two formal projects of the team that had now grown to six people. The first project was in partnership with CII and aimed at setting up an effective SWM system for Daulatabad fort. The second was with CIDCO to design and implement a system for the area in their jurisdiction in Waluj. The CIDCO project demonstrated without a doubt that effective waste management systems are possible in the Aurangabad region.
By the end of 2015 the team has grown to 7 members and had the experience of setting up SWM systems for diverse conditions and requirements within the Aurangabad region. We also have the experience of working with government bodies such as Aurangabad Municipal Corporation, CIDCO, Archeological Survey of India and corporate companies such as Grind Master Machine Pvt. Lt. and Endress+Hauser.
With the launch of the Bajaj Majhi City Swachh City campaign in January 2016, CARPE grew to a team of 20 persons. With tremendous focus on internal capacity building the team was able to work extensively across Aurangabad city. This also led to invitations from other urban local bodies such as Dindori, Umarkhed, Vaijapur, Aurangabad Cantonment Board to collaborate. CARPE has since secured tenders with the Vaijapur Nagar Parishad, Ratnagiri Nagar Parishad and the Mangrove Cell, Forest Department, Government of Maharashtra for professional services in Vaijapur, Ratnagiri and the Konkan coast respectively.
We have extended our Solid Waste Management services to Urban Local bodies such as the Aurangabad Cantonment Board, Vaijapur Nagar Parishad and Ratnagiri Nagar Parishad. With this experience we are confident that effective SWM systems can be set up in smaller urban centers of Maharashtra within six months.
CARPE is going international with its SWM practices to Indonesia and Argentina