Tuesday, July 3, 2018

CHIPKO DELHI MOVEMENT


CHIPKO PARTICIPATION BY GREEN CIRCLE
On 24.6.2018, Green Circle has conducted a symbolic CHIPKO in front of Diamond Square apartment Sector 6 Dwarka. A large number of members who participated in the Chipko Dwarka had proceeded further to join the CHIPKO INDIA site at Sarojini nagar. Anil Sood of CHETNA, NGO received the Green Circle team. Selvarajan on behalf of Green Circle addressed the gathering and expressed solidarity with the CHIPKO organizers. Advocate Gautam Sarkar announced that Green Circle will join the application filed by CHETNA before NGT to take the task legally. Addressing the media persons, Selvarajan said that compensatory planting of 135000 trees is just an eye wash and would in no way compensate the well grown trees axed now.  He added that there is no logic or rhyme in planting 10 little saplings in the place of one 50 year old tree in respect of oxygen contribution. He wondered how the environmental clearance for the whole project was given, without properly accounting the environmental loss due to cutting trees. Green Circle members Ravi Jaitley, S K Malik, Anurag Mohan, Munish, Anurag Behl, Romilla Gandhi, Jyoti, Sandhya, Vadhera embraced the tree and vowed to save trees. Members later joined the candle march also
On 27.6.2018, Green circle team led by Anil Kumar Parashar led the protest at the protest site in Sarojini Nagar. Sukh dukh ke saathi team lead by Capt. Mann joined the protest. Protestors from other parts of Delhi joined in support. Protestors displayed placards in support of stoppage of brutal killing of fully grown up trees. It was also informed that whole night patrolling will continue to stop cutting of trees despite orders of the incident after reported alleged incident.
On 1.7.2018, CHIPKO Protest was held at Sri Fort South Delhi in an unique way to save trees of South Delhi. From Green Circle Dwarka, Mr Parashar, Mr Deewan Singh, Mr R K Khanna and V Selvarajan participated. Number of events based on natural heritage and magic events were organised to highlight the fate of trees. Naveena Jaffa who is an academician and classical dancer on heritage themes and disciple of Pandit Birju maharaj, gave a different shape to the protests and was happy to be the voice of trees through her dance . She performed on the importance of trees as explained in Rig Veda. Her puppeteer magicians performed a skit on the “Save Trees”
Next Sunday 8.7.2018, Chipko programs will be in Dwarka. Green Circle has been asked to organise the events in Dwarka. Green Circle will involve all NGOs and arrange a massive program in Sector 6 market on 8.7.18 Sunday at 5.30 PM. People from all over Delhi are expected to participate. Street plays and sapling holding will be held to highlight the need to save trees. V Selvarajan, Anil Parashar and Deewan Singh are members of the working group of CHIPKO Delhi based at South Delhi






Green Circle files petition with NGT


Aggrieved by the unmindful cutting of 16500 trees under the 7 General Pool Residential  Accommodation (GPRA) project in South Delhi, Green Circle filed its petition with NGT against tree felling  on 29.6.2018. The petition came up for hearing today by Hon’ble Dr. Justice Jawad Rahim vide our Original Application No. 418/2018 (M.A. No. 961/2018) Green Circle Vs. CPWD & Ors. The petition has been listed form admission in NGT on 2.7.2018
Green Circle in its petition highlighted the following issues
1.    Environmental Clearance for the project has ignored the assessment of population density post redevelopment and floating population density. It has not taken into account the vehicular traffic density post redevelopment and the carrying capacity of all the roads around the redevelopment projects ;
2.    Air Pollution The amount of manifold increase in air pollution leading to unprecedented AQI is not addressed. Mega Construction involves Mining, Stone Crashing, Transportation, Batch Mixing, Curing, Grinding , Surface preparation, POP, Spray & Policing etc which leads to increased PM 2.5 and PM 10 level
3.    Ecological imbalance on cutting down large number trees in terms of Oxygen yield, other benefits from trees and how the compensatory plantation of small saplings elsewhere in the ratio of 1:10 will compensate the benefits derived from the existing trees to be chopped ;
4.    Accuracy of data on felling Number of trees to be Cut / Chopped off (As per Env Assessment Report one figure, MOEF&CC is providing some other figure and contradictory figures given by Forest Dept Govt of NCT Delhi LG office has provided
5.    Transplantation of Trees as chances of survival is very poor and 1:10 ratio plantation will not be feasible
6.    Lutyens time tested design The fact that the project area which was developed during 1920s i.e lutyens period (particularly NDMC Areas) has withstood the test of time and is still proudly regarded as one of the finest designs cannot be ignored and what is the need for redevelopment of the same area once again.  
7.    Shift Project elsewhere The Urban Development Ministry /DDA could find alternative location for housing the accommodation of govt. Officials in Delhi or elsewhere.
8.    Water shortage Sufficient availability of Water during construction of the Project and potable Water after construction are not addressed
9.    Power supply Whether extra power required when population in this area will increase manifold and whether more power will be required  in high rise due to additional lifts & water pumps.
10. Landfills we are not having sufficient space for Landfill in Delhi. No other Landfill areas/ Extra capacity in STP have been identified
11. Population Density Delhi & NCR`s existing population density is in comparison to the International Standards based on existing Standards and Norms and if not, how to manage the Projected Population Density.
12. Tree density Present Delhi Tree Density and projected Tree Density (Tree/ Person) are not in comparison to International Standards.
Our Prayer to The Hon`blw Green Tribunal are as stated below ;
a.    Grant an Interim and Ex-Party Stay to all the redevelopment project of all 7 General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA).
b.    Restrain CPWD and NBCC from carrying out construction without placing before this Hon`ble Green Tribunal the assessment of parameters stated in our Petition,
c.    Restrain from cutting trees and also direct Respondents to place the study of existing AQI and assessed AQI after chopping of 16,575 trees and impact thereof
d.    Direct Dept of Forest & DPCC to place on record impact assessment on Ecologically Sensitive Areas Around ;
e.    Direct DPCC, NDMC, MoEFCC DJB, CPWD & SDMC to place on record the permission given to CPWD and NBCC for supply of fresh water, Establishment of STP and Drainage
f.     Pass Order to get suitable compensation from the Respondents and if any compensatory deposits were made by the Respondents which are to be forfeited.
g.    Pass an Order for developing Gardens, Parks and Parking Slots or any other social welfare activities in those areas where the Trees has already been chopped in the discretion of Hon`ble Green Tribunal.
h.    A Permanent Policy may be developed and implemented to address that such type of situation may not occur in the near future. 
i.      Pass any other Order(s) as this Hon`ble Green Tribunal think deems fit and proper in the interest of justice.

On hearing our petition, the Honourable court has admitted our petition and passed on the following order 

Notice issued to 12 respondents and status quo passed by high court on 25.6.18 will be maintained and  there will not be any felling of trees till next hearing , that is 19.7.18. 



Thursday, May 31, 2018

A Cut-off branch of one tree could support another tree in ICU !!!

Our first Tree Clinic venture !
I have been receiving a number of requests and suggestions regarding saving trees uprooted or termite infected. Delhi as it is has good coverage of greenery and well grown trees. We need to save existing trees. So Green Circle has made an initiative to save existing trees. Today in Dwarka, we find that many trees are infected with termites. Some trees are affected by parasitic Amer bhel. So we at Green Circle planned  to open a tree clinic and do our best efforts to save trees. Trees have life and they are nowhere less than human beings. We have to protect them as sisters and brothers. The above tree is one such effort to save on Bent tree which is vulnerable to be a victim of next storm. This tree is in DDA PARK NO 7 SECTOR 6 DWARKA where we have already planted 150 trees. Recent storms have uprooted a number of well grown trees. Many uprooted trees were simply removed. If DDA gives us support, we could  replant trees. 

For this particular tree, we have given support by using a broken dead branch of a nearby tree. Some of the major reasons why trees are getting slant is because of compound walls, cementing platforms, construction of drainage etc for trees. Green Circle has started a blog in the name of Green Circle Tree Clinic to collect and post expert opinions and views on the topic
Selvarajan
Green Circle

THE BROKEN BRANCH OF ANOTHER TREE COMES TO ITS SUPPORT

THE SUPPORT WAS GIVEN TO SAVE THE LEANING TREE 

THIS TREE BRANCH WAS CUT OFF IN RECENT STORM, WE HAVE USED IT AS OUR SUPPORT FOR THE LEANING TREE

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Dwarkaites join hands to take cleaning as their mission

It's another feather in the cap of Green Circle. A dozen of dedicated Green Circle members assembled this morning at DDA Central Park, Sector 6, Dwarka at a short notice to carry out cleanliness drive. Named as "Mission Clean Dwarka", the members carried out the exercise for an hour, cleaned the entire park area and removed plastic and other non bio degradable waste scattered all over the park. The mission started with the Vipan couple seeking Green Circle’s support to clean the park and get rid of plastic waste. Earlier the Vipan duo who had been carrying out the drive on all Saturdays of their own for the past so many months. Green Circle decided to support the drive and called all to join the cleaning drive. The campaign was spearheaded by Octogenarian Lakhvinder Singh of Green Circle. Going around the park, with mask and gloves, the volunteers made a collection which was 6 sacks full and disposed off the same at Sector 5 Dhalao. During the drive, there were abundant encouragement by a lot of like-minded people who assured of joining us from next week onwards. Some elders appreciated the move while others expressed their condemnation against people who throw plastic in the park. Mr PK Chopra says, “While this is welcome by many, a few others continued their morning walk pretending that they have not seen us. But we are confident that some of them would not throw any waste in the park. And if that happens, it would be achievement of our drive.” Krishnamoorthy was happy to be a part of the drive while IM Khanna felt that he got a mental satisfaction for doing his part to Mother Earth. Green Circle Vice Chairman Anil Parashar said that the mission to clean Dwarka will continue on all Saturdays. Selvarajan Secretary of Green Circle thanking all participants requested the crusaders to join all the ensuing Saturdays in the mission. It is part of Green Circle's objective to protect environment and the drive initiated now would continue.




Sunday, May 13, 2018

Environmental Lecture No 4 - Waste segregation and composting


‘Segregation and composting’ is not an option but a responsibility for every citizen and Government, asserted Madhuri Varshney, an environmental activist and social worker in Dwarka.  Talking on the occasion of the 4th monthly Lecture in its 24 Environmental lecture series organised by Green Circle, she introduced a 2 Bin and One bag method wherein red bin will be used for dry waste while green bin will be used for wet waste. Simultaneously households must maintain a bag for recyclable items. She suggested sending recyclable waste to ragpickers. Further delivering her lecture with a powerpoint presentation on Segregation and Composting, Madhuri of Rise Foundation said that End-to-end segregation must be ensured to manage garbage effectively. She added that it is not only the duty of Government, but every RWA, Society must ensure segregation at source. Dwelling on the lacuna in the system, she said garbage dumps are overflowing and is posing a severe threat to environment as well as people’s health.
She also dealt in details about the composting methods such as aerobic and anaerobic and vermin-composting methods to address the ever-growing organisc waste. She also talked on community composting and explained how her society could successfully enforce composting to dispose horticulture waste. 
Madhuri Varshney making her Presentation on Segregation and Composting 
Nidhi Gupta shared her experience in grinding organic waste in mixer to reuse it as organic compost for the plants grown by her in home garden. Appreciating her work Madhuri insisted that the members could follow her simple technique. Ramesh Murmukshu said that the aim of the people should be zero garbage since incineration of dry wastes or running a compost machine also consumes electricity which is another concern. Romilla Gandhi insisted that SDMC should handle segregated waste properly. Lamenting over the way the segregated waste is dumped in the trucks by SDMC to dump in dhalaus, the participants felt that this is the grey area in waste management. Anil Parashar Chairman of the meeting said that almost daily garbage burning is reported from various locations of Dwarka. Selvarajan Secretary of Green Circle proposed to conduct a seminar of all stake holders to address the issue.  Lamenting over the failure of the SDMC to properly transport the segregated waste, S K Sharma President of the Air force Naval Society also said that their society plans to install Garbage composting machine soon.
The Lecture meet was chaired by Anil Parashar, Vice Chairman of Green Circle. A memento was presented to the Speaker at the end

Pl click on the link below to view the pictures and videos

Photos of the Environmental Lecture

Click on the video for the highlights of lecture


Thursday, April 26, 2018

Integrated water shed management thro traditional water sourcing

For Basant Pandey, a young environmental activist, living in a remote village Danya in District Almora Uttarakhand has never been a deterrent to stop him taking to social activities. When Green Circle came to know about him and watershed management activities of his NGO HIMAL based at Danya and his desire to revive water bodies in his locality, no one believed that he would have in-depth knowledge about the environmental issues. Green Circle members Selvarajan, Anil Parashar, Muralidhar and Ramesh Murmurku decided to take 14 hours journey to take to the villagers.  At Danya, Almora is a remote and otherwise sleeping village HIMAL, a Danya based NGO working for environment and livelihood under the able guidance of Dwarkaite Ramesh Mumukshu, who is an RTI Activist. Ramesh also works for HIV affected patients. On 22nd April, Ramesh and Basant Pandey of HIMAL, Manoj and Om Prakash of Gandhi Peace Foundation and M/s Anila behan and Pushpa Behen of Sava Shakthi planted a Rose plant to mark the Earth Day. After the planting they also conducted a joint meeting to plan out an action program for revival of traditional water bodies called Naula at Swalambhan Bhawan Danya.. HIMAL members expressed their desire to work with Green Circle for taking steps to improve water resources by rejuvenating traditional water sourcing through naula and exploring other sources like Kuan and bavli. Later on, the entire team visited a 400 year old Naula to explore how this traditional water body caters to the need of the rural people. Green Circle has decided to undertake the construction of a naula at Danya supported by HIMAL and other sansthas of Almora district. Green Circle members also visited Sattal near Nainital and conducted Birdwatching 





Composting and horticulture support to Pravan foundation!


On 22nd April 2018, Green Circle celebrated Earth day in two locations Mehrauli South Delhi and Danya Almora District. Green Circle has been engaged by Mehrauli based NGO Pravan Foundation which is extending voluntary education to underprivileged children, for providing composting and horticulture consultancy. The Pravan foundation campus has a number of well grown trees which shed leaves during spring. Further they have a number of cows which provide gobar. It was sufficient for Green Circle to extend their free consultancy for composting. On Earthday, Green Circle’s eminent environmentalist P K Dutta visited the premises and inaugurated the compost pit. He also made a layout plan for horticulture for planting vegetable and flowering plants.   Mrs Aparna Kapoor founder of Pravan foundation dropped the first layer of dry leaves and gobar in the pit. Green Circle has handed over the horticulture landscaping plan with her. Earlier Selvarajan, Anil Parashar and P K Dutta inspected the premises and assured the Foundation of voluntary service for the project. Selvarajan says, “ This is one of the projects, first of its kind where Green Circle’s composting initiative in Dwarka is replicated in other locations. Our advantage in Mehrauli was the availability of gobar, kitchen waste and dry leaves.” Anil Parashar said, “we will monitor the progress of the vegetable gardening periodically and help the foundation to make the premises eco-friendly. We are also planning rainwater harvesting unit for the premises”