Uttarakhand is often referred to as Devbhumi or the Land of the Gods and is known for its scenic beauty and breathtaking landscapes. A Google search for Uttarakhand today, however, throws open images and videos of flash floods, falling mountains and people and property being washed away. Uttarakhand faced flash floods back in 2013 which became a national concern as it was the most petrifying disaster after the Tsunami of 2004. That disaster, it seems, was just a starting point. Ever since then, we hear news of devastations like landslides, buildings collapsing, floods etc. caused due to rains during the monsoon season. This year, yet again, the monsoon is bringing news of devastation across Uttrakhand. In Dehradun, the State capital, the onset of the monsoon witnessed the loss of 7
The Department of Environment (DoE), Govt. of NCT of Delhi has been carrying out an effective plantation driver in Delhi during every monsoon. Saplings are distributed free of cost at various centers across the capital for being adopted and planted by citizens who are invited to enrich Delhi's green legacy. The first week of July is also celebrated as the Van Mahostav across India. However, the delayed monsoon this year makes the first week of September an excellent time for this plantation work, giving you time to go adopt a sapling and plant it somewhere close to you! Happy Greening! For more info on finding a nearest free sapling pick up point near your house, write to email@example.com with your locality in the subject line.
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 36 (starting September 5), 2011. 1. Experts suggest upping parking rates, slashing free parking to de-congest Delhi "Can you buy a house without paying for it?" asks Indian Institute of Technology professor Dinesh Mohan talking about the "subsidy" being offered to private vehicle owners for parking their vehicles in the Capital. 2. Rain, waterlogging, falling trees lead to traffic snarls across city The monsoons have once again exposed the lack of preparedness of the civic bodies with the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) registering 13 cases of waterlogging and seven cases of tree felling across the city. 3. Water a thorny issue for Bangladesh govt Bangladeshi officials and leaders of the rulin
The Department of Environment (DoE), Govt. of NCT of Delhi is encouraging and inviting citizens of Delhi to come out and plant as many trees as possible during the ongoing monsoon season. Led by none other than Delhi Chief Minister Smt. Sheila Dikshit, the campaign is using an interactive online blogging platform to reach out to citizens and inspire them to green the capital city. Delhi Greens participated in the tree plantation activity adjacent to Rajghat with Chief Minister Smt. Sheila Dikshit last week as part of the Green Leap Delhi campaign of the DoE. The event was joined by large number of students, teachers and citizens from all walks of life. The Chief Minister urged everyone present to take a pledge to plant trees and add to the greens of Delhi city. The ambitious “Green
Satellite image of River Yamuna and its floodplain (in lean period) clearly shows the encroachment that may have intensified floods in Delhi this year If you think the massive traffic jams, national shame, broken infrastructure that crumbles even as it is being constructed and the caving in of roads are all the direct impacts of the Commonwealth Games 2010 that we are facing as citizens of Delhi, there is more to it that got overshadowed amidst it all. And these are impacts that may keep returning to plague Delhi long after the Games are over. If you are among the people whose houses got flooded this monsoon and think it is the incessant rains because of which the Yamuna became so swollen and caused the damage, there might be more to it that you should know. Predictions had already b...
A girl tries to wade through water at the P.G. Women's Hostel in Delhi University. The students at DU this year are the worst hit beginning with the half hearted introduction of the semester system--in some courses--by the administration, which never went well with the lecturers, to being evacuated from the hostels for the Commonwealth Games 2010, to breathing in dust filled air and walking on broken footpaths and mudslides owing to the CWG construction and now the wrath of the monsoon and an annoyed river for the city's governing agencies' disrespect for Nature and the Yamuna River and its floodplain.
At Dilli Haat: Rain brings business to a standstill Drive on the road that goes straight from Dilli Haat--across AIIMS flyover--all the way to Qutub Minar and other key heritage sites of touristic interest in Delhi, and the broken-potholed road does not let you believe that in less than two week's time, Delhi will be hosting the 19th Commonwealth Games. The half-constructed Metro Stations are no less a disappointment. Corruption has already marred the Games spirit and crumbling infrastructure which breaks down as it is being laid down has already kept many from the sporting fraternity as well as tourists away. And now its almost as if the Rain Gods have decided to punish the authorities for the delayed preparations and the reported corruption in the system. Getting the opportunity to...
Dragonflies: once abundant across Delhi, are now restricted to few pockets. Known to devour the mosquito larva, they are good malaria inspectors. As the Commonwealth Games are approaching, the city is almost gearing up with the preparations. In the process of making the Games fruitful and a memorable event, various developmental projects have been undertaken. Large number of constructions, digging has been seen all over the city in the past months. The tremendous digging and caving of the roads, delayed timelines & missed deadlines, added to it heavy monsoon that has hit the city has all led to a major disease outbreak in Delhi. Construction sites get filled with rain water and remain water logged and become breeding ground for vector borne and water borne diseases. After corruption...
The Monsoon this year has been prolonged and undoubtedly it provides an interesting platform to comprehend the way we interact and associate with environment and seasonal change, how our lifestyles revolve around seasons and how certain patterns of climatic culture evolve over a period of time. Tagged with the word ‘monsoon’, various activities and events are carried out that relates different stories and different aspects of people's lifestyle. Very briefly, the following post will cruise through some of the interesting aspects we found this monsoon. Seasonal terminology is common in the Indian sub-continent with regard to the changing seasons. The Parliament Session during July every year has long been referred to as the ‘Monsoon session’. This year the monsoon session of India’s
The monsoon has been surprising the capital with its on and off fall, and yet the people are fully drained in its relieving delight. Delhi is geared up to enjoy the monsoon with a special festival known to many Indians as ‘Teej’. This festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm and devotion especially by the women in India. Celebrated at the outbreak of the monsoon season, Teej is also known as the ‘Sawan festival’. Teej is dedicated to the divine couple - Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The festival symbolizes reunion of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Teej teaches us the sacrifice of the wife to win the heart of her husband. During this festival women follow certain rituals and customs seeking the blessings by Goddess Parvati. Applying mehendi to one's hands and feet is a specia