World Environment Day - Karo Ya Maro
Well I guess this day is merely symbolic for a lot of us.Everybody supposedly cares for the environment and it makes an amazing topic for discussion.But,when it comes to doing something yourself for the environment...a lot of people think that there is nothing much they can do for saving our planet.
I wish each one of us makes a start in conserving energy,water,planting trees and doing something in our own small way..it would definitely contribute.
Progress is definitely needed but not at the cost of environment.Industries continue to flout all norms and get away with murder.Many plans are made and the best part is that they take decades in just the planning process and then get discarded in the wastebins.
Pune Rivers restoration project has been talked about for a lot of years now.Hopefully it actually gets implemented and the City will get a lovely waterfront that it can be proud of.Take a look at the rivers Mula and Mutha today and they look like big open sewers running through the city.They are a huge eyesore and a stench emanates from them at times.Have seen some sort of dredging happening on and off.
The aim of the project is to restore the river ecology to a pre-1962 stage where the distribution and population of plants, birds and fish species was highest. Other objectives include achieving guidelines put forth by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for water quality and environment flows. Flood control and automation for early warning will also be an integral part of this project so that the discharge of water into the river is controlled.
The Plan is made up of three components.The first will involve the channelisation of the river with Reno mattress for bank stabilisation, the second is to create rubber bunds with lock gates and the final part is bioremediation and landscaping. Reno mattresses are used for river bank and scour protection, channel linings for erosion control and embankment stability. Their strength and slope stability promote rapid re-growth of natural vegetation. The first phase will see the restoration in three parts — from Rajaram bridge to Sangam; from Sangam to Kalyaninagar bridge and from Kalyaninagar bridge to Mundhwa bridge. Not all the parts will be channelised but desiltation will be carried out wherever required. The second phase involves the placing of rubber bunds which will prevent flooding at Sangam bridge, Kalyaninagar bridge and Mundhwa bridge. These bunds will ensure a smooth flow of water. The last phase will deal with bioremediation and landscaping and should see a number of steps towards restoring the river. Plans for Promenade The project includes plans to link all heritage structures to create a tourist route or riverside promenade, beautification of heritage structures, plantation in river basin, construction of weirs to store water during monsoons and beautification of an 8-km stretch of elevated bridges on both the sides of the rivers. If everything works according to plan, an offspin benefit ill be the usage of the river for navigation purposes. If it works out that way we can indeed go the water way and look forward to fewer traffic snarls!
Came across another picture showing children playing with dead fish washed up in Surat.It's something that happens pretty often all over India.I hate the apathy that we show towards our environment passing the buck saying that it's upto the Government to do something about it.