Well, that’s what many people seem to be reciting during this year’s monsoon. The reason for such a wish being the menace caused by rainfall that leads to traffic havoc and raises people's irritation level even as it brings down the city’s mercury level. Since the announcement of our new campaign “Delhi Monsoon 2010”, the graph of excitement and anticipation for this year’s monsoon has been going up and down...down and up. The scanning of news on monsoon and how the city is interacting with the hide and seek game of the monsoon has brought out some interesting facts to study and discuss. The long-awaited monsoon reached the capital on July 5, Monday after a six-day delay. According to B.P. Yadav, Director of the India Meteorological Department, "even though the city missed its us
This July, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has taken upon itself the task to clean Delhi city, which is in an excitement rather disturbed state, preparing for the Commonwealth Games 2010. MCD cannot neglect the aesthetic nature of our city and hence the need for necessary beautification. Also, the monsoon cannot be allowed to play spoil sport this year, because this is the year we host the Games. A sanitation drive by the MCD will cover railway stations, bus stops and major markets starting July 1st and will continue up to the 15th. Major landmarks in the city which cater to a large population of the city like the Old and New Delhi Railway Stations, Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT), airport, markets, religious places and major road junctions would be cleaned and treated wi
The recent announcement at the inaugural Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize 2010 in Singapore crowning New Delhi among the top four global cities on the one hand and the burns of the construction work as well as ad hoc planning for the Commonwealth Games that the city is grilling under on the other makes a perfect base to study and understand the city’s relation to its physical, biological and social environment. And with the monsoon around the corner, what better way to do explore the urban ecology than through the Monsoon bioscope. And why not! After all, the Monsoon provides critical ecosystem services to Delhi city each year. The Govt. may have spent crores of rupees on the cleaning of Yamuna River in Delhi, all of which went, for lack of a better phrase, down the drain. But the
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
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
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 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...
Toxics Link’s Environment & Health Public Lecture Series The most popular lakes of NCR have disappeared. The 2 billion year old water bodies of the Aravallis – Surajkund, Badkhal and Damdama, have all dried up. This film looks at the nexus between the corrupt bureaucracy with the construction and the mining mafia. With exclusive bytes from Retired Forest officers, Environmentalists and Scientists, we piece together the whole story behind the current mess. This film opens with a few short interviews, which talk about what led to the disappearance of the lakes due to illegal & irresponsible mining and construction of farm houses in the notified forest area of the Aravallis. We talk to experts on the principle of sustainable mining and through their comments, the land-mafia-ad
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
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...