Prof. VIKRAM SONI is an astrophysicist by profession. However, deeply moved by environmental degradation and the irreversible harm we are causing to the living planet, he decided to devote time to this cause as a responsible scientist. He has authored many papers on environmental issues – many of them have been published in reputed journals. Besides, he has made films on the floodplains and the ridge. See the knowledge and visual section for details. He has lead many movements from 1995 onwards. He is now busy in creating ,’Preserve and Use’, non invasive technologies with living natural resource. His commitment to the environmental cause can be gauged from the fact he has worked with his own finance – that too from his Professor’s salary after tax – for the last thirteen years.
KULDEEP NAYAR needs no introduction. He is a former High Commissioner to the U.K and Member of Parliament. He is a well known journalist and writes for many national and international news papers. As a public face, his liaison with the Government has contributed importantly in highlighting these causes and bringing them to the notice of the authorities.
DIWAN SINGH is another active member of our group. He is one of the founding members of Sampoorn Parivartan, an NGO that worked on Right to Information led by the Magasaysay awardee, Arvind Kejriwal. In 2004, he shifted his energies into the environmental movement. Since then he has been working almost full time for this cause. He joined the efforts of CPQLW and along with many supporting individuals and NGOs formed Ridge Bachao Andolan (RBA) in Jan, 2005. He has worked to raise public awareness and advocacy and in filed PIL in the Supreme Court for saving ridge forests in South West Delhi. He has coauthored with Prof. Soni two scientific papers, published in Current Science, on value of Yamuna Flood plains. He also completed two research projects for UNESCO as a consultant. He is a management graduate and lawyer by profession, but has given up his practice to give full time to the cause.
Prof. DESHDEEP SEHDEV, is a Physicist, and a Professor at IIT , Kanpur. He is one of the founding members of this group and has given vital scientific inputs. Presently, he occasionally provides his services.
KUMAR ONKARESHWAR , joined this group in May 2006. He is a law student with Delhi University. He worked for the movement to save Vasant Kunj ridge. He was press spokesman for the ridge campaign. Before this he volunteered for Narmada Bachao Andolan and for the welfare of the poor in the slums of Delhi and Bombay.
AMIT AGGARWAL A hardware engineer by profession, Amit is a resident of Vasant Kunj and member of local Resident Welfare Association (RWA) and is also active with federation of RWAs of Delhi. He is a keen environmentalist and founding member of Ridge Bachao Andoalan. He has been eagerly providing his services to the cause, whenever needed.
UDAY GOSAIN, an electronics engineer with a MNC, joined this group in 2005. In spite of his tight pre occupation with his job, he has always made contributions, whenever needed.
PARVEEN AMANULLAH, presently residing in Patna, Bihar, has contributed a lot of energy and time, when the save ridge campaign was in dire need of volunteers. She contributed significant resources and energy needed for the campaign and infused energy at a critical moment.
AKASH MUDGAL, a local resident from Munirka village in South Delhi District, has been forthcoming with his help, whenever needed and keenly attached to the movement.
PRAKASH KUMAR, is a social activist, working for the waste picker community, the most downtrodden section of society. In 2005, he and his team volunteered for Ridge Bachao Andolan. The sad uprooting of slums from the ridge area and being replaced by environmentally unsound shopping malls motivated him to fight for justice. He left his regular job a few years back and have formed the first ever union of Rag Pickers called Kachra Kamgar Union in Delhi.
Ms. VANI SUNDERJI She has joined Natural Heritage First and has taken up the Yamuna Flood Plains Scheme for further implementation through the good offices of Prime Minister’s Secretariat. This has resulted in
i) an ongoing full scale study of the Yamuna Flood Plains.
ii) An implementation of the floodplain scheme.
RAKESH KUMAR, DEVINDER and RAVINDER : We call them the youth team from Pochanpur village that has spearheaded the campaign to revive water body in sector-23, Dwarka and taking it to rest of city. Rakesh is also a keen observer of bird and wildlife.
MAHESH KUMAR : He has been fighting against encroachments of water bodies in Kakraula village. He has also successfully stopped illegal mining of water in Sec-14, Dwarka.
NGO FORUM: In 1996-97, during the fight to save the Vasant Kunj ridge from 13 international hotels project, many NGOs came together under this banner and played a significant role.
|Toxic Links||Ravi Aggarwal|
|Hazards Centre||Dunu Roy|
|Kalpvriksh||Prof. Parbhakar, Ajay Mahajan|
|Trees for Life||Deepak Narula|
HONORARY LAWYERS WHO REPRESENTED US WITHOUT CHARGE
M L LAHOTY
Justice R SACHAR
In the Yamuna campaign, our major partners are :
|Jal Biradari||Rajender Singh|
|Peace Institute||Manoj Mishra|
|Youth for Justice||Kapil Mishra|
|URJA (United Residents Association)||NN Mishra|
|Peasants Multi Purpose Society||Master Baljit Singh|
|People’s Action||Sanjay Kaul|
|Shaheed Bhagat Singh Brigade||Suraj Bhan|
|Citizens’ Campaign for Water Democracy||Saeed Naqvi|
A large part of finances for the work till now has been met from our own pocket. However, we would like to give special thanks to India Friends Association (IFA) and Arvind Kejriwal for arranging a Fellowship Grant for Diwan Singh. Environmental Equity and Justice Partnership (EEJP), Delhi also supported Diwan Singh earlier with a Fellowship Grant. We thank them for their support.
We particularly thank Mr. Ashok Trivedi for his financial support, especially for building this website.
TECHNICAL / EDITORIAL SUPPORT:
We acknowledge the support of Bhanu , students of IIT Delhi, Meher Bajwa and Arvind Krishnan, particularly in making this website.