Present Activities

STUDIES:

For studies done over last 10 years, see the Knowledge section.

RECENT STUDIES  COMPLETED: 

1Environmental flow for the Yamuna river in Delhi as an example of monsoon rivers in India   By: Vikram Soni (CTP, JMI, New   Delhi), Shashank Shekhar (Delhi University), Diwan Singh (Natural Heritage First). Published in Current Science, 25th Feb, 2014.

 2. Natural Cities : by Prof. Vikram Soni and Arvind Virmani.

STUDIES IN PROGRESS:

1. Study on water scenario in Delhi and neighboring states i.e Haryana, Punjab, West U.P, and Rajasthan:

It is realized that the cities are growing at a huge pace with little regard to the limits of resources available. Water is one such finite resource, with huge implications if mined beyond its sustainable limits. The implications can be like on the survival of the city itself, death of river, water bodies and their eco systems, food chain getting contaminated etc. The Delhi and surrounding states  sharing a common pool of water, with scarcities looming large, need to be studied holistically to arrive at feasible solutions.

2. Study on urbanization and its footprints on the living planet: Presently, urbanization is  boosting the growth engine all over the world. The questions arise: Is it sustainable? Can the living planet last it? Is it reducing poverty , or , rather, increasing it? If not, what are the solutions?

CAMPAIGNS :

WATER BODIES REVIVAL

Survey of water bodies in 50 villages in South West Delhi: In 2011, our organization did a survey of water bodies in 50 villages in South West Delhi. The condition was pathetic: out of 183 water bodies we found, 93 were dry, 63 had sewage in them and only 24 seemed functional ,  but those too doubtful as they were filled with pumped water from tubewells for the purpose of cattle. Artificially filling a water body cannot be termed as revival.  29 water bodies were such that they do not exist in any record but exist on ground. Thus not enjoying any protection as water body under the law, these water bodies are  prone to takeover/ encroachment by the govt. agencies themselves.

The area covered under survey was largely rural and also included a planned colony like Dwarka, yet, the condition being so dismal speaks for what may be the position in rest of Delhi. We shared the report and suggestions with the Govt. agencies but nothing happened . Click to see the report.

Revival of  Water Bodies in Dwarka sub city: While continuing our work on the water bodies, we pursued  with DDA to revive water bodies in Dwarka. Teamed with local residents, we did shramdaan, awareness drives, research work, and various other events that were regularly covered in media as well. Finally, Hon’le Lt. Governor on 7th June formed a high powered Committee for revival of water bodies in Dwarka with  Mr. Diwan Singh as its member ( Click to see the Lt. Governor’s  order). Since then, 5 meetings have been held and work in going on. We expect that, this year, after monsoons, at leats 5-6 water bodies may be truly revived.

PRESERVING THE RIDGE FORESTS:      coming soon………
SAVING THE COMMUNITY LANDS:      coming soon………
PRESERVE AND USE SCHEME; SAVING THE YAMUNA FLOOD PLAINS:   coming soon………
MEAT FREE DELHI:     coming soon