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...
Delhi rendezvous with Monsoon 2010 finally took place in the week starting July 5th and the city has since then given a mixed response to the rains. The Monsoon itself is such that the city is experiencing only intermittent rains with the sun not refusing to give in. It came as a shock to us when the old chaiwallah at Roshanhara Bagh--a not so well kept historical green space in the city--looked up at the sun among the clouds to say, "aajkal ke baadal bhi aajke naujawano ki jawaani ki tarah hi hain. Chadne se pehle hi utar jaate hain." While we took that with a pinch of salt, for we wanted to disagree but didn't know how, we just decided to put the salt in our tea in the best interest of our throats. The first rain, as we remembered was told to us in our even younger days, settles
The sound of the rain drops tickling and relaxing the mind The refreshing sweet smell of the wet air after the fall The dry cleaned green trees and grass soothing the eyes Cracking silly jokes over tea and its perfect match of pakora A celebrated way of spending time inside the house Washing the car as an excuse for getting wet in the rain Thinking I am too old to play in the rain While the kids jump and run around the garden For many it’s a vacation from the heat and the tired city Buy hundred reasons to enjoy and bath in its bliss The Monsoon countdown has ended as the first drops of the South-west monsoon hit Delhi’s soil and raised excitement among the citizens. As promised, Delhi Greens kicks off its seasonal celebration “Delhi Monsoon 2010” and extends the inv
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
A peacock opens its feathers in Delhi to welcome the brief spell of showers that transformed the city weather overnight. Delhi has been facing more severe heat waves each summer and owing to several urbanization impacts such as the urban heat island effect, construction works, etc. The monsoon in the city is thus much awaited and its importance is felt even more each passing year. Water is indeed a limiting factor when it comes to sustaining urban development. Going by the drying of lakes and water bodies in and around the city, a successful south-western monsoon has thus become critical for survival. Image courtesy Dr. Faiyaz A. Khudsar Also Read: Burning Delhi Awaits the Delayed South-west Monsoon
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