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Can We Afford Development At The Cost Of Environment?

by Neeti Raina Decades ago women from the hills of Uttarakhand revolted against the felling of trees by embracing them and the world came to know the campaign as Chipko movement in India. These women did not hold fancy degrees nor did they have the support of big organizations. But these wise women were aware of the importance of trees, forest conservation, coexistence with nature and the far-reaching consequences of deforestation. They knew precisely how essential it is to protect the environment for the survival of mankind. The message of the non-violent Chipko movement was relevant then and even more so now. The option of development over the environment does not exist anymore. Now, it is a matter of striking a balance and preserving what we have. If indiscriminate development happens a...

How Feasible Is Free Rides for Women in Delhi Metro/Buses?

by Saloni Bisht “Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.” ― Albert Einstein Falling for free stuff is human nature; it is also said that freebies taste better than the things we pay for. But the problem arises when these freebies are coming from the government, that too for a particular section of the society. It is only fair for the taxpayers to raise questions against it. Something similar happened when the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal made an announcement last month. He declared an unprecedented proposal to offer women free rides on Delhi Metro, DTC and cluster buses in the national capital in the name of women safety. While justifying the scheme, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said that the subsidy is optional, in case a woman wish...

Development of Unauthorized Colonies in Delhi – RealtyMyths

by Akhilesh K Prasad The Delhi government made a budgetary allocation of Rs. 1,500 crore in its annual Budget 2018-19 for carrying out development works in the city’s unauthorised colonies. There are around 1,600 unauthorised colonies in Delhi which are pivotal in deciding the fate of political parties in elections. The Delhi CM had criticised the previous governments of neglecting unauthorised colonies. In the previous 3 years, from 2015 to 2018, the AAP government claimed to have spent Rs. 2,500 crore for various development works in unauthorised colonies. The development works undertaken by the AAP government were said to be on basic amenities such as the construction of roads, drains, water supply, sewerage, sanitation, and street lights. Till now, the focus of the AAP government has b...

Has the Delhi government made proper arrangements for the homeless this winter? – RealtyMyths

by Akhilesh K Prasad Winter season has been a question of survival for Delhi’s homeless. To help them see through the ordeal, the Delhi government advocated a winter action plan which was rolled out in mid-November. The Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board has arranged facilities in accordance with this plan at all night shelters in order that people living on footpaths have a roof over their heads, especially between November and March when mercury is at the annual minimum. DSUIB is said to have 20,000 blankets in stock while NGOs working for the homeless have contributed 15,000. According to DSUIB member Bipin Rai, 5,000 mattresses and durries were also purchased by the DSUIB to ensure a comfortable stay for the homeless at the shelters. 50 high-quality fireproof tents were set up this ...

Urban Planning – How difficult it is to plan an already settled city

The dogged difficulty in converting the existing cities in India into “SMART Cities” and the fundamental challenges around the implementation of “Swach Bharat” in spite of the overarching political will, clearly highlights the challenges of undoing the erstwhile badly implemented urban plans. The world’s population is becoming increasingly urban and there is also the challenges of uneven population concentration triggered in parts due to the failure of providing sufficient social & economic incentives to limit population migrations from rural & semi-urban areas to already overcrowded urban oasis. In fact, cities grow in three ways, which can be difficult to distinguish: through migration, the natural growth of the city’s population; and the reclassification of nearby non-urban dist...

Open Letter to MCD

I write this not just for myself but on behalf of many concerned citizens of Delhi. It has been almost a year since the last MCD elections and we are deeply disappointed to see not much has changed for us as citizens of this city. The problems of Delhi need no introduction. Much to our discomfiture, they have only been mounting on us for what seems to be an eternity. We have however been hopeful that someday our civic bodies will own up to their responsibility, and offer us some respite. Despite tall electoral promises, nothing has been done for sewage treatment on your behalf. In fact, recently even the HC has had to state that the people of Delhi may have to move out to create room for untreated garbage.  You would obviously be in the knowing that 12 cases of Dengue have already been rep...

MCD aren’t you floating? Delhi roads and monsoon chemistry still continues.

It has been famously quoted by P B Shelly that if winter comes, can spring be far behind? Last year we have seen inundated Chennai because of its flash floods, every year we see Assam floating on Brahmaputra, Mumbai is also an annual phenomenon during the monsoon. This year, it has been a surprise when we see Vadodara, or a Meerut inundated. And not so surprisingly, Delhi roads will do a repeat. At the peak of the monsoon at the end of July, flooded roads, overflowing drains and blocked drainage will be a recurring site in the capital. MythBuster Aojasvi If we analyse, the causative factor of this recurring situation, ill planning and tardy mainitainence is at the root of the situation. Unplanned development has been the defining feature of the capital of Delhi except the parts which Lutye...

Will Delhi become a Solar City by 2020?

With the background of scorching heat of June, 2016, the Delhi Government launched its Solar Energy Policy officially called as “Delhi Solar Energy policy 2016” which is a broad framework to regulate Delhi’s solar market and its potential for a four-year time period of 2016-2020. It’s been nearly nine months since kick-starting of the policy, it calls for a quick appraisal of the same!  MythBuster Aojasvi, With an aim of transforming Delhi into a “Solar City” the policy aims to build upon 1 GW (1000 MW) Solar energy generating infrastructure till 2020 and further envisages to double it up by 2025. The regulatory policy has the potential of lowering the state’s expenditure on energy through peak saving, strengthening its energy security, and reducing its reliance on unsustainable fossil fue...

Thousands of armed police, bulldozers for 3700 artists of Kathputli Colony

The dwellers of the Kathputli colony pressurized for evictions. Massive armed police deployed with bulldozers surrounding the colony. Cops have already barricaded the area and are planning to disconnect electricity. Souma Mukherjee, Sr.Correspondent Kathputli colony, the small cultural hub of Delhi NCR is facing immense trouble with the redevelopment of the locality. In 2010, Government of Delhi initiated the redevelopment project of the colony on public-private partnership model. The contract was granted to Raheja Developers. As per the plan, 2800 flats were to be built in 10-storey buildings on the 5.2 hectare and a portion of the land was to be given to the developer to construct its own commercial and residential buildings. Currently, the negotiations are on with Delhi Development Auth...

Irresponsible Capital – An Open letter from a Delhite to the authorities about his sufferings

Watching the news yesterday brought my confused rage to the tip of my nerves wherein I felt like leaving my hard-earned decent paying job and join a guerrilla rebel camp in some remote naxal red corridor district in the Eastern front of India wherein they wake up in the morning and turn their whole energy in the direction of opposing Govt. action and boycotting the administration. MythsBuster Aojaswi Such acute and intense response emanated in me by watching the response of our democratically elected leaders coming out of an emergency response meeting called by the Union Environment minister for the subject of discussing the situation of gas-chambered Delhi. Such disillusionment and disenchantment arrived because of the responses that these leaders gave after the meeting which were full of...

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