What was perhaps a never before seen sight in the history of Yamuna River cleanup actions in Delhi, lakhs of people turned up in the vicinity of Purana Qila to accept ownership of the dying river and take an action oriented pledge to clean Delhi's lifeline. An awakening call by the spiritual leader H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in the presence of the Delhi Chief Secretary, Mayor and scores of renowned personalities from different fields did what is otherwise considered impossible by many. Smt. Kiran Walia also graced the occasion. "Guruji is known for making the impossible possible", explained a devout from among the crowd. Meri Dilli Meri Yamuna: the call to action began with a Shankh Naad by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar--who was joined by thousands in the crowd--exhibiting the unity and onene
Meri Dilli Meri Yamuna, an initiative of The Art of Living which finds full support from Delhi Greens, is a project for making a difference to our city, Delhi-NCR. River Yamuna is immensely important for the economic, ecological and basic needs of the region and its people. But, over the years, it has become one of the most endangered waterways in India. Numerous attempts have not had much success, and there is confusion about what lies ahead in the future - for the river as well for all of us. As already notified, the campaign is beginning with an event on March 16, 2010 on the banks of the river, and calls for citizens and leaders from all sectors and areas to come together and participate. Date: 16th March, 2010 Time: 7 pm Venue: Purana Qila His Holiness Sri ...
Meri Dilli Meri Yamuna is a project for making a difference to our city of Delhi-NCR. What started as an initiative of The Art of Living, has now become a full blown citizen’s action plan. Dozens of civil society groups have already joined the movement and many companies including Microsoft, Educomp and Kent RO have become partners. The UNESCO, World Bank, JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) etc. among many others are already on board the campaign and more and more people and groups are joining every day. Delhi-NCR is not clean – India is at the centre of the world today, poised for global leadership in future – we can’t remain dirty, something needs to happen. Commonwealth Games are in October, and it would be great to present a clean city to the world. Over the next few w
The Yamuna Biodiversity Park (YBP) invites all citizens to celebrate the World Wetlands Day on the 2nd of February. This date marks the signing of the 'Convention on Wetlands' in 1971 at Ramsar, Iran. The 2010 Wetlands Day theme is "Caring for Wetlands – an Answer to Climate Chang". The theme highlights the fact that wetlands, with their biodiversity, can help mitigate climate change. Date: 2nd February, 2010 Time: 10.30 am Venue: Yamuna Biodiversity Park, Jharoda Majra, Ahead of Wazirabad and Jagatpur Villages (10 mins drive from the DU Metro Station) The YBP has been established in Delhi to recreate the locally extinct biodiversity of Yamuna river basin. The almost seven years old biodiversity park now harbours a wide range of ecosystems of river basin which support more than
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...
Toxics Link’s Environment & Health Public Lecture Series River Yamuna today is one of the most polluted and threatened river system in the country. This is despite more than a decade long effort by the state to rejuvenate it under the Yamuna Action Plan (YAP) with results that do not inspire confidence in either the state's understanding of the problems facing the river or the approach taken by it to mitigate the ills facing the river till date. Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan (YJA) - which is a research based campaign run by a consortium of a number of NGOs and individuals in the city - has studied the river for over two and a half years now, and have resultantly arrived at an understanding about the ills facing the river and possible solutions that would facilitate a rejuventaion of the
Hindon cut just before entering the Yamuna in Delhi India Habitat Centre is hosting a summit titled 'Alternate Urban Futures for India’ later in this month. There is a lovely exhibit creating a future for reclaiming the nullah that is the Yamuna river from dirty sewage carrying drains, to cleaning it up by setting pipelines that will transport drain water away from the river to large sewage treatment plants. While this could be a solution, the last mile connectivity is still a challenge the solution for which may be found during the Summit. After all, the ‘Summit has been designed as a communication vehicle to position key policy issues and to highlight opportunities for positive change by showcasing community-oriented community urban regeneration projects.’ I have always argued fo
It's all about water! August 30th, 2009: Rajender Singh and Delhi citizens come together to initiate the Dilli Jal Biradari (DJB) - the Delhi chapter of Jal Biradari!
The Western Yamuna Canal Overlooking the Delhi Metro: If you thought the Indian Railways track was the world's longest public toilet, wait till you visit this. Cleaning the Yamuna needs a plan that ensures that waste water generated in the city does not reach back into the river untreated. The technology needed to operate these facilities is not very difficult, nor is the O and M costs very high, if there is a committed agency that wants it to happen for 40 percent of the JJ slum dwellers. Ever considered that the ultimate form of protest of the weak is to do what they are told not to do by people in authority, by doing so they have the satisfaction of being noticed and not ignored by authority. The ultimate weapon of the weak is instead of protesting vocally, they resisting domina...
Yamuna River passing through the city of Delhi is polluted and every one is concerned. There is money spent on it. 1200 cr. worth of efforts were spent on Yamuna Action Plan Phase I and Yamuna Action Plan Phase II on creating the STP and physical infrastructure in treating the waste water that gets generated per day in the city. Setting up of Sewage Treatment plants along 42 towns and cities in the up steam of the river was part of the YAP I, while the Phase II is mainly focused on Delhi Metropolitan Region with Delhi Jal Board managing the project. Serious deficiencies and back log in sanitation and waste water services have resulted in the dwindling of water flow and is 80% of the source of ‘non point pollution’ in the river. The usual rhetoric is to blame the victims: Of the tota