The festival of Diwali marks the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. The festival has always been an occasion for celebrating happiness, prosperity and well being of one and all. However, the situation in Delhi today is such that the celebrations revolving around this festival are becoming a threat to the health and well being of the society at large. Take, for example, the sweets which are manufactured and distributed specifically to meet the high demand during Diwali. The news of toxic laden ingredients as well as chemical treated dry fruits etc. becomes the talk of the town days before the onset of the festival preparations. The consumption of sweets and other eatables made from these ingredients leads to considerable loss of health and happi...
Smoke from burning leaves engulfing a residential block in Lodhi Colony. The air pollution levels in the National Capital area are among the highest in the country. The addition of an ever increasing number of cars and other automobiles in Delhi only make the situation worse. However, and as if that wasn't enough, the Spring season in Delhi witnesses large scale burning of fallen leaves by citizens and institutions alike. The Spring season in Delhi is otherwise beautiful with flowers of every colour dotting the city's landscape. It is also the time when trees shed their old leaves either to grow new ones or as an adaptation to beat the heat of the approaching summer months. The fallen leaves of the Spring season collect in large numbers and are unfortunately treated as litter.
A public notice on the enclosure along a bridge on River Yamuna in Delhi. River Yamuna is the principal fresh water source for the over 1.67 crore (16+ million) population of the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi. Already, the city is parched and there is a gap of over 250 million gallons (per day) between water demand and supply. This 250 million gallons is perhaps entirely met by drilling of private borewells. The indiscriminate dependency on Delhi's ground water resource is evident from the rapidly declining ground water table which has fallen beyond recovery in some parts of the NCT. As if this wasn't enough, surface and ground water quality in Delhi is increasingly getting contaminated with biological and potentially toxic pollutants. A large part of Delhi's ground wat
It is now no secret that all action plans and awareness programmes for cleaning River Yamuna have failed and the polluted stretch of the River has only increased by over 100 km in last few years. It is also known that the status of water quality in River Yamuna in Delhi is no better than sewage. Despite this, the offering of prayers, idols and other sacred religious material across the entire stretch of Yamuna in Delhi continues unabated. This not only de-sacreds the Gods, it also only adds more pollution to the River. The real offering that one can make to this once clean and the holiest-of-the-holy River Yamuna is to urge the government and other related agencies to act, with greater political will, towards its cleaning and management. Until then, let us all stop disrespecting the Go...
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 44 (starting October 31), 2011. 1. Delhi Zoo to don a new look The National Zoological Park, popularly known as the Delhi zoo amongst city residents, is undergoing an overhauling exercise. On the 53rd Foundation Day of the park, the authorities unveiled a new master layout plan for the country’s only zoo directly under the union ministry of environment and forests. 2. Jayanthi briefs PM before BASIC meet today Ahead of the crucial BASIC countries' meeting, environment and forests minister Jayanthi Natarajan briefed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the upcoming UN climate talks and the emerging negotiations scenario. 3. Chhath: MCD cleans up ghats on a war footing Municipal Corporation of Delhi
Delhi, as the National Capital of modern day India turns one hundred years old (or some would say young) today. On 12 December, 1911 the National Capital of the then colonized India was shifted by the British from Kolkata to Delhi. With this, the political focus also shifted and Delhi was re-established as the center for ruling the Indian sub-continent. This was not the first time that Delhi, which has reference dating back to 1450 BC, became a capital. Between the 12th and the 19th century AD, Delhi was the capital for many rulers. Siri, Tughlakabad, Jahanapanah, Ferozabad, Dinpanah, Shergarh and Shahajahanabad are the historic 'seven cities' that took shape in Delhi. Shahajahanabad, built by Shah Jahan between 1639 and 1648 AD remained the capital of the Mughal Empire until 1857. ...
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An outdoor air purifying system made by Italian company Systemlife and installed at Connaught Place by NDMC is symbolic of cluelessness that prevails in the higher echelons of the government. I returned home this morning, after an interview with a German researcher on Delhi government's climate initiatives, to find a newspaper report which made a perfect specimen for the central argument I tried to put across in the meeting -- the Delhi govt, just like its counterpart in the centre, has no clue what they are talking about, no clue about the scale of the climate crisis, what needs to be done and how ineffective will be their so-called plan. The newspaper report I'm referring to touted "CP’s air cleaner than before" because of an outdoor air purifier installed there for the last month
A Veterinarian at Tri-State Bird Rescue examines a brown pelican as response work to the Gulf of Mexico episode. Image © BP p.l.c. “Aaww…it hurts!!”…that’s what I thought the earth would say to the entire disturbing phenomenon happening on it. Recently breaking news from the US broke my heart and I believed many others who love nature. British Petroleum (BP), one of the world's largest energy companies, providing its customers with fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, retail services and petrochemicals products for everyday items, became the culprit of environmental havoc in the Gulf of Mexico. It is reported that the mischief happened due to failure of the blowout preventer to seal the well when trouble brewed. The function of the blowout preventer which is a heav
With a focus on activities concerning holistic good governance in India, Leela Foundation will carry out a Yamuna cleaning drive with the cooperation of over 200 volunteers, including local residents, college students, senior citizens and others on the banks of Yamuna River near Mayur Vihar, Phase I, on March 21st, 2010. The activity is being organised to mark the World Water Day on March 22nd. Interested citizens are requested to assemble at Mayur Vihar, Phase I, Metro Station at 10:00 am. The 3 hour cleanup process will start at 10:30 am. At the end of event, participating volunteers will be given certificates of participation. The event will conclude at 3:00 p.m. Special arrangements, including rescue guards, first aid, special gloves and masks will be made. For furthe