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Delhi Marked World Environment Day 2010 in Style

Delhi Marked World Environment Day 2010 in Style

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Having almost always taken pride in being one of the greenest capital cities in the world, and led by a green Chief Minister as well, Delhi took the lead again in celebrating 5th June as the World Environment Day (WED) 2010...in style! The Hon'ble Chief Minister Smt. Sheila Dixit "kickstarted" the day by launching an electric vehicle rally from her residence in order to promote zero emission pollution free 'green transport' in the city. Supported by Hero Electric, a subsidiary of Hero Group, the rally saw participation from large number of people from all age groups.  From the CM’s Residence on Motilal Nehru Marg, the rally crossed Akbar Road, Shahjahan Road,  Aurangzeb Road, Samrat Hotel to reach the NDMC Commonwealth Garden where a token plantation  drive took place. What a day also
Commonwealth Games Impact: Livelihoods and Security?

Commonwealth Games Impact: Livelihoods and Security?

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Trees, pavements, markets, people...everything has been 'uprooted' or 'transplanted' for the CWG 2010 I am in this Monday market in my East Delhi neighbourhood buying vegetables and suddenly all the trader shopkeepers of informal stalls start wrapping up their goods and merchandise on display. I heard a few complains about ‘they’ could have told us earlier before we set it up today. These traders are packing up and there are a few policemen around, a Hawaldar and an Inspector with them. While walking on, I overheard a conversation, a cop apologizing to a middleman cum negotiator, "your think there is any benefit for us in having to shut down this market?’ That was the first time I came face to face with the connectedness of the cops to the local traders and how much they were equall
Learning to Look at the Larger Picture

Learning to Look at the Larger Picture

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200 mosquitoes swarmed into our bedroom last night. Some of them also managed to get into our mosquito net which meant a sleepless night. The impact it had on our lives was upsetting and bad tempers. Our local society is complaining that ever since the Delhi Metro work began in our neighborhood, it has interfered with the ecological balance of the system we live in. We have had more malaria infections and more irritating nights. Eventually, the property prices of our neighborhood may well get affected. This way of being helpless and victimized allows us to find faults with the others without looking at what we are getting out of it. We are all going to be better off as a city infrastructure improves due to the growth in the city. The Delhi Metro is, after all, a major infrastructure...
Students Protest Against Felling of Trees, Eating of Footpath Space

Students Protest Against Felling of Trees, Eating of Footpath Space

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Students of Kamala Nehru and Gargi College, along with representatives of the Residents Welfare Association (RWA) of Anand Lok, Gulmohar Park and adjoining areas came together to demonstrate against the rampant felling of trees and the 'killing' of footpath space in the area. Students and residents carried posters and display banners reading "Don't kill our footpath space. Don't kill us on the road" in the protest march from the Mithaas Complex in front of Gargi College to the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) office. The road stretch and the intersection near the college premises is already a congestion site and a traffic mess. Two trees have been cut and the CPWD plans to fell more and also break the pavement on both sides of the road, leaving barely any space for the pedestr...

CWG and Work Culture

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You reading the blog with attention and taking time out to comment on it is really awesome. These feedbacks are what creates supportive environment in which I am able to go beyond my personal level of vitality for the blogs. Thank you. Revisiting the Commonwealth Games preparation, only 365 days left to go. This is a big challenge before Delhi our city and our commitment to something bigger and better and of  international quality. Besides this the sports facilities of international qualities that the Games will support would continue to benefit our youth even after the Games. We will have 71 Nations participating in the Games and accompanying them and their coaches and other support staff will be spectators. There would be tourists not just international but domestic from other states
Underpass & Flyovers: Blueprint for Delhi’s Destruction?

Underpass & Flyovers: Blueprint for Delhi’s Destruction?

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A shaken Delhi For a city where 98% of the total annual rainfall pours down in less than a month, planning can never be easy. When the latter is carried out hurriedly as if to meet a certain 2010 target, what can happen is what Delhi is witnessing today. A delayed monsoon that gave up to the changing climate met an infrastructure in the making of a 'world class city'. Roads were flooded with water (and cars), parts of it went down, trees uprooted themselves, the Metro Rail stopped and the traffic came to a standstill. Urban mobility was yet again held ransom. Any by none other than the very forces of Mother Nature which only ask for a sustainable development in exchange. The first of such downpours in this season, which took place during the evening hours of 27th of July, not just cl...
Benefits of Commonwealth Games

Benefits of Commonwealth Games

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Last time we looked at the incredible paced up infrastructure development taking place in Delhi over the recent past in lieu of the Commonwealth Games. We have a new drinking water supply system--Sonia Vihar-- providing water to the eastern part of city. We have new sewage system put in place across the city by the authorities. We have an entirely new network of roads and flyovers connecting the city with Domestic and International Terminals. Gurgaon and Jaipur have come closer. We have the Delhi Metro Railway System in place connecting and criss-crossing the Delhi NCR region. We have renewed focus on solid waste management by local authorities though the Bhagidari scheme. We have put in place over the last few years, airport beautification and expansion, both for domestic and inter...
Trees For Delhi – Protest on World Environment Day

Trees For Delhi – Protest on World Environment Day

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Just one of the banners put up at the Siri Fort Crossing TreesForDelhi Protest A lot of students, organisations, and local residents turned up for the 'Trees For Delhi' Protest against the felling of as many as 500 Trees, to make way for a squash court at Siri Fort for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. 'Jungle' Jaya giving a brief introduction about the proposed construction and tree massacre to all those who turned up for the protest. Lokesh can be seen in the vicinity. While some of the people did street acts, others went from car to car distributing pamphlets and collecting signatures. Still others shouted slogans and held posters and banners in order to inform general public about the damage being done. Mr. Parvinder Singh being interviewed by a reporter from AajTak.

Delhi loses bid to host 2014 Asian Games!

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Delhi may be gearing up for the upcoming Commonwealth Games, but has lost the bid to host the 2014 Asian Games. Good or bad: No comments! Here's the story courtesy Rediffmail.com April 17, 2007 19:07 IST New Delhi's bid to host the 2014 Asian Games came unstuck as the Olympic Council Asia awarded the multi-sport event to the South Korean city of Incheon on Tuesday. The 45-member General Assembly of the OCA made the decision at its two-day meeting in Kuwait. Delhi was bidding to bring back the continental mega event to Indian soil after a gap of 32 years, having last organised the same in 1982. The Indian capital was also the host for the inaugural edition of the sporting extravaganza, which is second only to the Olympics in terms of number of disciplines, in 1951. (mo...