Delhi, the capital of India, a melting pot of cultures with a heterogeneous society has grown and developed at a rapid pace leaving behind many cities in terms of infrastructure, employment opportunities with ever extending urban sprawls on the peripheral areas. With the population increasing both in terms of the number of migrants and the population within, it has increased a lot of pressure on the resources available. The population is also directly proportional to the amount of garbage produced. The advancements in the technology and sciences sector has also resulted into making the garbage produced a more complex one. The rural garbage is quite different and more renewable when compared with that of the urban spaces. On an average, 80% of the total consumption of water is drained out as waste water. With this amount of garbage and waste water being produced, the decision of the Delhi Government was worth and a good step as far as the usage of the resources and inclusive planning is concerned. But the location which was chosen and the long-term affects of the plant on the lives of the residents of the colonies in the close vicinity were ruthlessly ignored by the concerning authorities/departments. It lies barely around 150 metres away from the closest constructed residences. Moreover, the location of the Bird Sanctuary in a radius of around 2-3 kilometres was also out looked. These are the factors which are quite important for the efficient working of the urban ecosystems and the natural system as a whole. This is where the approach of the contemporary urban planners and the governance system is suspected where the most important issues relating the human-nature relationship were ignored substantially.
Okhla residents opposing a controversial plant, which converts waste to energy, have also filed an affidavit in an ongoing National Green Tribunal case, claiming that the plant is operating in an eco-sensitive zone. The affidavit claims that the Okhla waste to energy plant, a first in the country started by the Delhi government as an alternative power source, is about 2 km away from the Okhla Bird Sanctuary. The affidavit says since Uttar Pradesh notified the sanctuary and is in the process of declaring a 10-km eco-sensitive radius around the sanctuary, the state should be added as a party in the case. "The government of UP is not aware of the setting up and operation [of the plant]," the affidavit claims, "...and it is the Okhla Bird Sanctuary under the government of UP, which is being adversely affected by emission of pollution."
I have been looking into the planning successes and failures of different cities especially Delhi for quite some time now and will be back with more such topics/issues which needs a mention in our journey of calculating The Urban Progression. The next blog will be about the developments and policies which were implemented in the Second City of United Sates of America i.e. Chicago. The facts and history behind the formation and growth of the city of Chicago has been very interesting and important to study for carrying out a change in the approach followed in the field of urban planning. Till Than Have Fun and Enjoy The Life !!