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Social Impact of Infrastructure Projects

Social Impact of Infrastructure Projects

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Your feedback and suggestions for the Blog are very valuable to me and I appreciate the time and efforts you put in providing them. I am hugely benefited by the feed back not only because it makes me feel good, but also because it gives me clues to the direction of your thinking and actions. It is particularly encouraging when I get feed back to past posts because it tells me that the writing is still in your memory. After all this is our blog and our city and we should support each other in making it a creative one. I had earlier shared interesting statistics about the Delhi NCT region . In that it has 111 sq. km. of forest 40 sq. km. of tree cover against the geographical area of 1483 sq.km. Thus this cover represents only about 10.2% of total area of land. However as per governme...
Why is Delhi So Hot This Summer?

Why is Delhi So Hot This Summer?

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A tree hangs not knowing where to go (and neither able to): an art piece from the 48c Public.Art.Ecology Festival  The summer this year has been unusually--yet predictably--very hot. Hotter than previous Delhi summers in ways more than one: with not just a peak daily hot session but the high heat intensity starting earlier in the day and not giving any real relief until long after dusk. The city has become an ideal case study for the proponents of climate change, and with the monsoon both arriving late and only giving a guest apperance, the impact of global warming has never been so evident to so many. But is there more to the Delhi summer (heat) of 2009? The city is clearly under construction at present: both under and over ground. Delhi Metro, BRT corridor, Games Village, Malls a
Cultural Garbage

Cultural Garbage

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An earlier blog post dealt with the concept of garbage. The term is a function and reality of man-made systems. The word has existed since the very beginning and is also part of cultural history. The post referred to the term garbage as waste generated from the use of raw material needed for cooking and living our everyday lives. The residual - garbage - impacts the physical 'environmental' quality of our lives. Here is a possibility that it may also refer to a part of socio-religious city space. Thus defined, garbage will be identified in quite different ways and would refer to built spaces in a city, with very different visible outcomes. Cities tend to grow in concentric circles. Delhi is no exception. We have reference to our city being built nine times over and every time it ...
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...
Dealing With Games Powerfully

Dealing With Games Powerfully

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Your time and your attention, is yours and thank you for giving them so generously to the blog and making time to comment on it. Your concern about resources being not appropriately used in our country is well appreciated. The intention of the blog is to be present, to impact of a successful event like these Commonwealth Games that we are all party to. Further conversations are welcome. The intention of the last conversation is to be sensitive to what constitutes the agreement about success of such a world event in our backyard. Intention is to distinguish ‘success’ as a function of an agreement. It means nothing and yet it has a lot of power. There is nowhere to go, nothing to have, nothing to make. There is no way we have to be. The intention is not to pass a value judgment about the
Common Wealth: World System Impacts

Common Wealth: World System Impacts

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  With every passing day the date for the Commonwealth Games hosted by the city is drawing closer. Let us be insight-fully honestly truthful about this incredible speed of physical infrastructure development that is taking place in our city and its impacts on human beings and environment, both positive and negative that is happening and will continue to happen. But this is not what I want to focus on today. I want to state a purely speculative hypothesis about the Commonwealth Games (CWG) as part of and event that happens in a World System over which individuals - be it political leaders or even countries have very little control.   There is a hidden law governing the Global Systems across the world. Here is a possible explanation at the global socio-economic and ethnic religious fact

Commonwealth Games Construction Prevents Students from Accessing University

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If you thought the Commonwealth Games was constructing only on the floodplains of river Yamuna, here's a piece of news for you. Parts of the University of Delhi have now become inaccessible to the students of the university. Spaces that saw annual hosting of events, meets and get togethers are now busy being constructed upon and lost forever, for the Commonwealth Games 2010. DUSU office bearer's damage proctor's office January 6, 2009 | Hindustan Times UNABLE TO secure permission to use the varsity polo grounds to host an annual fest, three DUSU office bearers allegedly vandalised the proctor's office on Monday afternoon. Vice president Manohar Naagal: secretary Ashish Chaudhury and joint secretary Ashish Gahlot went over to Proctor Gurmeet Singh's office and reportedly broke win...
Delhi High Court Defends Yamuna, CWG Village Construction still Underway

Delhi High Court Defends Yamuna, CWG Village Construction still Underway

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A senior journalist from a European TV channel leans forward to hear Rajendra Singh loud, at the Commonwealth Games village site (November 2007) Even as environmentalists across the city raised massive hue and cry for saving the Yamuna river and its floodplain, and even as their concern was picked by several national and international media houses,  the "Court was simply not moved". For in a judgement putting the legality of the construction of the Commonwealth Games village on the Yamuna floodplains under question, the Delhi High Court did not put a stay on the ongoing construction. According to media reports, the Court maintained, "The environmentalists did not approach the court well in time to enable us to direct the respondents to undertake further studies or think of alternat
Open letter to the Vice-Chancellor of Delhi University

Open letter to the Vice-Chancellor of Delhi University

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Vice-Chancellor University of Delhi Delhi - 110 007 INDIA Dear Sir, Hope you are doing good and keeping well. Unfortunately, and much to the shock of many, the green cover and the 'heritage' trees in the university campus, about 500m from your office are not. A little over an year ago, the unscientific marking and the felling of a large number of trees in the campus was highlighted by the students and the faculty of Delhi University. This was well appreciated by you sir, with an assurance that the matter would be adequately probed. Also, after carrying out signature campaigns and submitting petitions to your office, we were further assured that the trees in the campus will be given the due importance that they deserve. However, the situation today is far from that. The tress...
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.