Delhi stands up for its trees
As Delhi gears up for expansion, concerns regarding the environment and the poor continue to be overlooked. Amita Bhaduri posted 3 years 5 months ago

Recently, Delhi saw an urban Chipko movement of sorts with the people coming out in large numbers with a single agenda—save the last of the trees left in the city. In the famous Chipko movement of 1973, local communities in Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand emblematically embraced trees to demand an end to deforestation through forest exploiting contractors.

People of Delhi came out in large numbers recently and kick-started a movement to save trees. (Image: Delhi Trees SOS)
Once a drain, now a sewer
Barapullah drain, which was once a major drain in Delhi, is being clogged with human waste, thanks to the rapid growth the city is undergoing. Amita Bhaduri posted 5 years 6 months ago

Originally a darya (creek), locally known as Nizammuddin darya, Barapullah is a key drain of Delhi today. Barapullah gets its name from a pul (bridge) built across it by the then emperor Jahangir's chief eunuch, Mihir Banu Agha.

Construction debris of the Barapullah flyover project chokes the nallah.
Okhla Bird Sanctuary takes a backseat to real estate development in Noida
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 6 years 5 months ago

Centre approves bringing down protected zone around Okhla Bird Sanctuary from 10 km to 1

Okhla Bird Sanctuary (Source: Amit Pratap via Wikipedia)
Invitation for a course on 'Sustainable Urban Water Management', Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi
The five-days programme will focus on planning and designing of rainwater harvesting and decentralized waste water treatment systems ravleen posted 7 years 7 months ago

Increasing urbanization in India has led to soaring freshwater demands and has hence resulted in large amounts of wastewater generation. This water crisis is mainly a consequence of the current water management regime which focuses on centralized water management. We need to implement sustainable and affordable decentralised water management practices to contain this crisis.

Rainwater harvesting in Goa University
Big steel firms illegally mined Rs. 45,000 Cr worth
News this week: Commission finds that big corporates mined Rs. 45000 Cr worth iron ore, Delhi residents protest waste incinerator and POSCO's clearance to be revalidated. ravleen posted 8 years ago

Corporates like Tata Steel, Essel Mining violate green laws in Odisha

Illegal Ironore mining in Odisha (
South Delhi gets 'smoked'
The Timarpur Okhla Waste to Energy (WtE) power plant, lauded as the most successful in India, brazenly pollutes the environment. Residents' plea to the Government and NGT falls on deaf ears. ravleen posted 8 years 1 month ago

Blue facades line the Sukhdev Vihar colony in South Delhi, considered plush by Delhi standards. They are in place to shield houses from layers of soot that would otherwise settle on their walls and grills. Soot from a power plant that began operations almost two years ago.

Facades protect houses from soot
40% of Delhi houses not connected with sewerage network: Census
News this week: 40% people in Delhi live in houses without sewerage, cyclone Leher passes off peacefully and farmers affected by erosion in Tripura sell land. ravleen posted 8 years 1 month ago

40% people in the National capital live in houses not connected to sewerage network

No sewerage but a dirty river Source: The Hindu
A little green in Delhi’s growing grey
Sunder Nursery's trees, plants, birds and monuments aim to educate and inform Delhi's residents and visitors about their natural and cultural heritage. deepika posted 8 years 2 months ago

Delhi claims that it is one of the world's ‘green cosmopolitans’ because of the 20% of green cover it has. However, the fact is that 200 full-grown trees die every year because of storms, water scarcity, disease and old age. A large number of New Delhi's neglected avenue trees are 80-100 years old, planted at the time the British built the capital.

Restored monument in Sunder Nursery
Gulf of Kutch is India's first marine eco-sensitive zone
Policy Matters this week - Gulf of Kutch is India's first marine eco zone, Environment Ministry wants cess for shale gas exploration and NGT directs waste-to-energy plant to control emissions. ravleen posted 8 years 4 months ago

Gulf of Kutch will be India's first marine eco-sensitive zone

No more effluent in the Gulf of Kutch (Wikipedia)
6th CMS Vatavaran, Environment and Wildlife Film Festival and Forum 2011 - Call for Entries - Apply by July 31, 2011
abhishek.r posted 10 years 11 months ago

The 6th CMS VatavaranIndia's premier environment and wildlife competitive film festival, CMS VATAVARAN will be organised from 06-10 Dec, 2011 at New Delhi.


Entries are invited from environment and wildlife filmmakers for 10 Indian and 08 International categories.