If we stop throwing waste, the river will stop being a drain. If we stop cluttering the riverbed, it will have breathing space.
Delhi has the most extensive road network in India--21% of its geographical area is just motorways. The Capital also has the highest vehicular population--8.8 million in the country.
Back in the early 1990s, my government-aided missionary school had to mandatorily compete with its government counterparts in zonal competitions. I was once picked for one such recitation competition.
Sexual crimes behind closed doors or the 'hidden rape' are still vastly under-reported. Reporting sexual assaults, especially if the attacker is a known person requires remarkable courage because often victims are emotionally and financially dependent on their abusers.
In Delhi, no public infrastructure project has ever evoked such acrimony as the BRT did right from its construction stage in mid 2000.
That green symbolises hope, happiness and new life is ancient knowledge. But how much could the presence of trees in our contemporary neighbourhood improve the health of residents?
For all the romanticism attached to the rain in our ancient texts and contemporary popular culture, our cities fear rapid meltdown every time it pours.
All gung-ho about the Swachh Bharat campaign, it is time the Centre and the state push for implementation of laws that make recycling mandatory for residents. It is the only way we can reduce the trash we send to the landfills.
Last week, the Delhi University’s cut-offs reached a bizarre high. The university had earlier announced that a student coming from a different stream would require 2.5% more than the eligibility percentage declared for a course. Add that to the 100% cut-off declared by some colleges and it becomes an impossible ask.
Further construction on the outskirts of the capital will stretch it's insufficient resources and infrastructure such as sewerage system, paucity of garbage landfills, insufficient road space.
Since May 11 when the video clip of a traffic constable hurling a brick at a woman went viral, there have been at least half a dozen cases of policemen getting assaulted by citizens.
A decade and a half ago, US-based Geo Hazards International put Delhi third - after Kathmandu and Istanbul - on the list of the world’s 21 most vulnerable cities. Any disaster here could kill tens of thousands, the 2001 study warned, assessing each of these cities on parameters such as fragility of buildings, fire and landslide potential and the rescue and medical care abilities of local authorities.
Like that proverbial woman behind every successful man, there is a river flowing by every great city. And quite like her, she seldom gets her due. One hopes this tax will make us notice the plight of the river and demand accountability from the government that promised to work on deadlines.
Studies indicate that noise disturbance in Delhi is an environmental problem, as severe as air pollution, but few take note.
Delhi residents have never paid too much for water. For a city that lives on borrowed water, Delhi hardly values water as a precious resource.