It was the April month in the year 2008. The recently launched Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in Delhi was being bombarded left and right (and in the middle - the lane meant for the buses) by the media and people alike. The BRT had come at a cost of several hundred heritage trees of Delhi, which were removed to widen the road and provide additional space for the overall architecture of the BRT. But this was not the reason why the BRT was being criticized in the media or objected to by a portion of the public. The "Bus" Rapid Transit had slowed down the flow of cars and similar private automobiles in its 5.8 km stretch was the principal reason why the media was bashing up the Government for having conceived and installed the BRT corridor. Television interviews showed car drivers stuc...
“We should carry three tasks namely mandatory fuel economic standard, improvement in quality of fuel and fiscal policy regime. The immediate task ahead at us is to have Mandatory Fuel Economic Standards.", announced Mr. Jairam Ramesh, Minister of Environment and Forests (I/C) in his inaugural speech at a workshop on ‘Promoting Low-carbon Transport in India’ in New Delhi today. Referring to improvement in quality of fuel, the Minister said that substantial work has been done in this area. He also informed how quality of fuel is critically linked to mandatory standards and that large improvements are required in fuel quality. At the workshop, Mr. Ramesh also informed that the Mandatory Fuel Economy Standards have been finalised and will be notified under the Energy conservation
Gucci heels, Dior sunglasses tucked on her head, an attractive lady gets off her newly bought black and shiny Bentley Continental GT and moves on to buy organic vegetables from the farmer’s market. Her next stop is the stationary store to buy recycled wallpaper as she shows her concern towards the environment. All this done, she remains oblivious to the fact that the luxurious car she has just bought is not only one of the top 10 most polluting cars according to the Environmental Transport Association (ETA) but is also completely defeating the purpose of her buying the eco-friendly materials. It is often assumed that brands offer the best quality. While this might be true to a certain extent, there are always dark sides to them, one of them being their environmental impact. Tech
The real challenge starts at the end. And the preparation that went in to come to such an end is indeed praiseworthy. Over hundred delegates turned up to face the challenge Delhi is in and took a stand against climate change. Harnessing the beautiful minds of the youth were prominent figures working on environmental issues across different fields in the city. The carbon map of Delhi highlighted for the first time in public by its author Dr. Chirashree Ghosh, Asst. Professor in Delhi University, raised the temperature of the summit on the first day. The youth got a guiding map on how the city suffers at the hand of the climate change causing agent ‘CO2’. The second day brought forth what many delegates termed as the most exciting part of the summit, an ‘open discussion’ regarding var
“I am here because I haven’t seen any stars in Delhi,” a simple statement from Parth Joshi, one of the delegates who attended Delhi Youth Summit on Climate, 2010, gave an in-depth meaning to the summit’s aim and objective. To be a ‘change’ in the context of utilizing existing awareness and knowledge on environmental issues of Delhi was the foundation, based on which the two days youth summit was conducted. Another delegate, Nishant Bhaskar, Asst. Manager with Maruti Suzuki, shared his general interest on environmental issue. He said, “I am here because of personal reason. I am really passionate about the green cause. In fact, I dream of starting my own venture few years down the line. As of now, I want to understand what’s being done in Delhi to address the environmental problems. I
The urban biodiversity group at DYSoC 2010 The first day of “Delhi Youth Summit on Climate, 2010 (DYSoC)”, witnessed a new phase in the environmental movement among the youth in the city. The youth who attended the summit meant and were ready for action. Without doubt it’s the youth who will inherit the city and with doubt and uncertainty around, they are debating their future. Throughout the day the delegates comprising school/ college students and young professionals kept their energy levels high to drive home their concerns and derive solutions to many of the pressing environmental issues the city is facing. The day started with a panel discussion with Dr. Chirashree Ghosh (DU), Gaurav Gupta, Jaimala Iyer and Madan Mohan. The Carbon Map of Delhi was the attraction of the day. Shar
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...
File photo of the previous Delhi Climate Bicycle Ride In its dedicated attempt at raising awareness about climate change, rising vehicular pollution and promoting Cycling, walking and public transport as the most healthy and environment-friendly way of commuting, the Delhi Cycling Club calls for the third Climate Bicycle Ride in the city. Date: 21st March, 2010 (Sunday) Time: 08.30 am Venue: Ambedkar Nagar T-point–Chirag Delhi–Moolchand–Ambedkar Nagar (11 km) The previous two Climate Bicycle Rides were held in Jun’09 (12-km) and Dec’09 (11-km), where more than 250 people cycled and signed pledge to promote the cause of environment and alternative transportation. A large voluntary pledge board will be installed at this third event as well, where participants will be aske
On the eve of UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen, a ‘Climate Bicycle Ride’ is being organised in Delhi on Sunday, 6th December at Ambedkar Nagar Terminal on BRT corridor; by the Delhi Cycling Club with support from Delhi Integrated Mass Transit System (DIMTS)'s NMT Cell and ‘The Open Planning Project’ (TOPP). The event is open to people from different walks of life, age group and professions from Delhi & NCR and foreign nationals. Key objectives of the event are to: Raise awareness about climate change and greenhouse gas emissions; Promote Cycling, Walking and Public Transportation as the most environmental-friendly way of commuting and as part of the solution to Delhi’s growing traffic woes; and Experience the joy of cycling on dedicated bicycle tracks and have fun.
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...