Toxics Link’s Environment & Health Public Lecture Series Traditional Water Systems of Delhi - New Challenges “A little water is a sea to an ant.” An ecosystem is made up of many small parts, which could be erroneously thought of as insignificant. Within the intersection of mega scale urban planning and the impacts of climate the almost lost traditional water systems of Delhi need to be revisited urgently. The imminent challenge is to explore these water systems in the context of new urbanizations and evolve meaningful ways in which they can coexist, for ecological security. According to the GIS Development report, the number of people living in urban areas in India has gone up from 79 million in 1961 to more than 285 million today. This will further increase to over 40
The Ladakh Ecological Development Group (LEDeG) in collaboration with Bremen Overseas Research & Development Association (BORDA), Germany has been promoting environmental friendly Decentralised Renewable Energy Systems (DERES) for the past 20 years in the Western Himalayas. So far 57 Community-based Micro Hydro Power Units (CMHPU) have been installed by LEDeG in extreme and isolated mountainous regions. Micro Hydro Power has tremendous potential to solve the rural electrication problems in India in a decentralized manner. However, at present not many organizations in India have the capacity and necessary skills for implementation, installation and management of community based Micro Hydro Power Units. LEDeG, in collaboration with Consortium of DEWATS Dissemination (CDD) Socie
The Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) invites applications for various posts for setting up the Project Preparation & Management Unit (PPMU) for the National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA). The Ministry has already received Project Preparation Facility (PPF) from the World Bank in this regard for supporting preparation for the NGRBA. Suitable candidates for the below mentioned designations will be selected for a period of five years, with a probation period of two years. All positions are based in New Delhi and higher salary will be considered for deserving candidates. Based on the response, suitable candidates will be shortlisted and called for an interview. The positions advertised for are as below: 1. Project Officer (Waste and Waste Water Management) Ed...
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 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
In order to check the continued abstraction of ground water leading to severe depletion of ground water resource in the National Capital, the Lt. Governor of Delhi has issued an order, through the Dept. of Environment, GNCT, that no person, group, authority, association or institution shall draw ground water through bore-well or tube-well (both new as well as existing and drawing ground water without permission of the Central Ground Water Authority) for domestic, commercial, agricultural and/or industrial uses. Only after a prior permission from the "Competent Authority", which could be the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) or the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) is obtained, can the ground water be drawn for use. The order, under Section 5 of the Environment (Protection) Act of 1986, also pr...
The room at the Nehru Memorial Museum & Library was filled with carefree laughter and giggles of innocence as we stepped in to meet some of the future generation of our nation. Invited by the Children Resource Center to conduct a workshop and brief the children attendants on the issues of water, Delhi and the River Yamuna, the first challenge that came was not ‘Yamuna’ but their understanding of water as a natural resource. A simple demonstration was carried out by placing three types of water in three different containers: clean, polluted and mineral. The amused kids then started throwing many interesting questions even before we could get them to answer to the planned interrogations we intended to do. They cleverly differentiated the types of water in the three containers – on
“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
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Institute is organizing a national level conference on sanitation in order to bring all the key sector players / practitioners together to share their success stories and approaches in promoting sustainable sanitation in the country and to overcome some of the key challenges. Also to define the strategy to scale-up good practices in an efficient and effective ways towards making open defecation free nation. The national meet would be a mini sanitation conference before SACOSAN IV in Sri Lanka next year. The Key organizers of the conference are WASH Institute, Plan India, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, UNICEF, Water Aid, Sphere (India), WES-Net India, Government of India, member agencies. Date: June 28th, 2010 to June 30th, 20