Amid Delhi’s ever-rising demand for water and falling supply, there’s a ray of hope that can help save the national capital and its surrounding towns from going thirsty in the near future — rainwater.
Big mess Erratic or contaminated water supply is what most Delhiites get. An overhaul can work wonders. Nivedita Khandekar and Aakriti Vasudeva
write. For clean water
Contaminated water supply is a major cause of health hazards, especially in unplanned colonies in Delhi. For some buying bottled water is eating into family income while for others medical bill are only mounting. Delhi Jal Board’s apathy remains a common thread.
Delhiites continue to complain about poor water quality. What measures are being taken to contain the problem?
Unsettling By 2021, the city’s soaring power demand is likely to be enough to plunge five major states and UTs into darkness. Power guzzlers have ensured that the demand went up by 200% in the past decade.
Power demand is rising every year. And so is the duration of power outages every summer. But what has remained unchanged is the ailing infrastructure.
Stories of the Capital facing long power outages in summer are routine. HT spoke to Delhi government’s principal power secretary Shakti Sinha on the issue. Excerpts:
Despite getting 350 days of sunshine in a year, the city has no tangible solar energy infrastructure in place. Low awareness levels coupled with reduction of subsidy on solar gadgets by the govt has only added to the mess. Neelam Pandey
Prodipto Ghosh, former secretary of ministry of environment and forest and expert with The Energy and Resource Institute talks about how solar energy use can be maximised. Excerpts from an interview:
The commercial sector makes for nearly 20% of the annual power consumption. Malls use up anywhere between 4MW and 10MW of energy every day. Five-star hotels too are big power consumers, Neelam Pandey reports.
Mili Majumda, head of sustainable habitat division at The Energy and Resources Institute in Delhi, an expert on energy efficiency, spoke to HT on the massive wastage of electricity in Delhi’s hotels and malls and ways to curb it. Darpan Singh reports.
Stung by the latest Forest Survey of India (FSI) report - the India State of Forest Report 2011 - that said green cover in the Capital went down by 0.38 sqkm between 2006 and 2008, the Delhi forest department has questioned "the methodology and limitations of the study". Darpan Singh
reports. Green report
At the south Delhi colony of Masjid Moth, built by the DDA, children prefer to play computer games at home due to the absence of bigger parks. The elderly use the busy Outer Ring Road for their morning and evening walks. Sidhartha Roy
reports. Residents have alleged that DDA grabs land
With a population of 1.67 crore and counting, the pressure on Delhi's civic infrastructure is growing every day. And this is resulting in the city's green lungs being replaced with a concrete jungle - one park at a time. Sidhartha Roy
In the absence of a proper segregation and recycling strategy, Delhi’s waste management is staring in the face of a looming civic and health crisis. It’s time to act. Darpan Singh