River Yamuna - Dying by default or by design: A public lecture on river Yamuna

This presentation by Peace Institute Charitable Trust is part of a lecture organised by Toxics Link as part of the Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan and held at the India International centre in September 2007.

It aims to inform, enlighten and suggest solutions to bring back the river Yamuna to a healthy and resilient state. 

slide showing factories on the banks of the Yamuna

The Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan is a consortium of organisation that aim to revive the river Yamuna through intensive information-based campaigning. The presentation begins with some basic information about the river, including a map and a description of its various stretches.

It then proceeds to list - with photographic evidence- the various threats to the river including:

  • Diversion of water
  • Pollution
  • Encroachment over the river bed and the flood plain

The remedial actions implemented by various concerned agencies are enumerated, and the supreme court rulings explained.

The various encroachments are also listed. The presentation proves that the encroachments are of two types, jhuggi colonies and state sponsored construction such as the CWG village, and the metro station. However, in the various government campaigns, it is only the jhuggis that belong to the poor that are being 'cleared' while government 'development works' continue. The presentation questions the wisdom of hosting games and other functions at the cost of the environment.

This presentation ends with a list of measures on several fronts, immediate, short, and long term.

Download the full presentation here 

Additional information on the same issue is available here:

What ails river Yamuna? 

What has been done till now by the state? 

What is this campaign about?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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