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Petitioning Supreme Court of India, National Highways Authority of India, Department Of Forest And Wildlife, Nitin Gadkari, Narendra Damodardas Modi, National Green Tribunal, Manohar Lal Khattar, Punjab and Ha...

Save Aravali Bio-Diversity Park. Save Lungs of Gurugram. Save the Effort !!!

We want The Aravali Biodiversity Park and the efforts of over two decades of Reforestation be saved.  ABDP, was originally a stone quarry, spanning 380-acres, is located near the Delhi Gurgaon border and covers the land between MG Road to NH48. After the quarrying was declared illegal in the Aravali Region by the Honourable Supreme Court of India, The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram, in collaboration with an NGO "IAMGURGAON" facilitated the planting of more than 1,00,000 (One Lakh) Plants & Trees with the help of along 15,000 students, 20,000 private individuals and over 70 Corporates. This confluence of like-minded individuals and groups have worked together over the last 8 years to sustainably plan, create and tend to this young, urban forest. Today, this forest has over 400 native Aravali plant species, all introduced under appropriate ecological considerations of nativity. It attracts more than 180 bird species and is home to native animal species like the nilgai, civet cat, jungle cat, jackal, mongoose and hare making it a biodiversity hotspot in this region. In the highly polluted Gurgaon (now Gurugram) with very poor air quality, this is a massive carbon sink & microclimate stabilizer. In times of severe water crisis in Gurugram, with the groundwater depleting at 5m per year as the city pumps out 300% more groundwater than it recharges, the park serves to recharge over 320 million(32 crores) litres of water annually. ABDP is an open, green space which not only work as stress relieving and healing spaces for its citizens but also serves as a lifeline of the City. The GMDA proposal of liveability indices envisages 7 sqm of green cover per person, which translates to 3500 acres of green space today for its current permanent residing population of 20 lakhs. The Aravali BDP’s large green currently serves to meet about 11% of this total figure in a city starved of green space. A few days ago, the citizens of Gurugram were shocked to discover that the GMDA has proposed, and NHAI has endorsed the project for constructing a 6 lane highway cutting through the Aravali Biodiversity Park. As part of the Manesar-Gurgaon Road Connectivity Project, which will ruin the efforts of citizen and lakhs spent over a decade in reforestation.  The Road through the ABdP is in gross violation of our fundamental right to fresh air – apart from being highly suspect on several environmental, moral & civic grounds. The patch of the Road being planned is based on an obsolete survey Conducted by NHAI before full-fledged operation of NH-8 and before the new Fly-overs, Underpasses, etc. got operational. The Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary is already facing a disaster due to unconventional traffic movement in the region and an alarming fall in the number of Migratory Birds in the said region is being Observed over past 05 years.  Instead of the state taking cognisance of and celebrating and propagating this model, we find ourselves justifying the existence of, and defending against the destruction of - this very project. The Aravali Diversity Park becomes significant in the fact that it lies along one of last remaining “Aravali Ecosystem Corridors” on the erstwhile Ridge area of The National Capital Region. In response, We the citizens of Gurugram, We the ecologists, We the Running Groups, We the Cyclist Groups, We the Naturist, We the Flora, We the Fauna AND We the Children of this Polluted City                     who planted this young forest                     who spent their hard-earned resources                     who aided to Develop conserve, preserve the green blanket of our city. Request the support to “Save The Aravali Biodiversity Park” and we unanimously request the state of INDIA that the ABDP be declared a “Sacred Forest” to protect, conserve, and cherish – what they rightfully, consider sacrosanct and therefore sacred, to them. Team, Sumit Mehta, Advocate Rudra Law Firm #nahitoNHAI  #SaveAravaliBiodiversityPark #notonhai #letusbreatheclean Aravali Bio-Diversity Park Courtesy: Indira Unninayar,Supreme Court Lawyer Pradip KrishenEcologist Vijay DhasmanaEcologist Prerna BindraConservationist Chetan AgarwalEnvironmental Analyst Amit BhattUrban Transport specialist Vinita SinghDevelopment Sector Petitioner Mukta NaikUrban plannerCentre for Policy and Research Latika Thukraliamgurgaon Veena PadmanabhanCitizen activist

Sumit Mehta
182,738 supporters
Petitioning National Highways Authority of India, Commissioner of Police, Gurgaon, Nitin Gadkari, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Manohar Lal

Bleeding NH-8 alongwith Kherki Daula Gurgaon Toll Plaza robbing passengers everyday

We want to address 2 critical issues with this petition. 1. It’s very common to observe pedestrians  jumping from divider fencing and crossing highway every day. It causes a lot of casualties and economic loss to the passengers of NH-8. There are lack of pedestrian arrangements across the stretch of Manesar Toll. It’s called highway but we can hardly find any Patrolling Vehicle, which could stop pedestrians from jumping fence. We are paying toll taxes for the maintenance and road safety. But it’s not being utilized for the same purpose. We are using this highway at our own risk.   2. Kherki Daula Gurgaon Toll is mandatory to reach companies in IMT Manesar using NH-8 from Gurgaon. There are 3 dedicated lane of Passtag / Fastag, which are always choked due to lack of systematic approach and poor use of technology. Whereas CASH lane is always moving, but time taken to pass Tag lanes is much longer. Instead of improving the system of these lanes, we could observe the increase in number of goons in Toll uniform, who misbehave and threaten us every time, we pass this toll plaza. We have heard many times, that this toll is going to be shifted from present location. But it seems that it is just a news, without any action taken on the same. Request the Toll users to support this petition, so that our daily pain can be reduced and we feel safe while passing from NH-8.

Sandeep Kumar
3,573 supporters
Petitioning National Highways Authority of India

अरावली बायोडायवर्सिटी पार्क को बचा लीजिए! गुरूग्राम के फेफड़ों और मेहनत को बचा लीजिए!

अरावली बायोडायवर्सिटी पार्क को बचा लीजिए! गुरूग्राम के फेफड़ों और भारतीयों की मेहनत को बचा लीजिए! हम अरावली बायोडायवर्सिटी पार्क (एबीडीपी) को उजड़ने से बचाना चाहते हैं ताकि 20 सालों की मेहनत ख़राब सरकारी परियोजनाओं के कारण बर्बाद ना हो। दो दशकों के वनीकरण व अरावली परबत की रक्षा करने का कड़ा परिश्रम विफल ना हो इसलिए हम आप सब से सहयोग की अपेक्षा करते हैं। ए.बी.डी.पी., दिल्ली-गुरूग्राम की सीमा पर एमजी रोड और एनएच 48 के बीच स्थित 380 एकड़ में फैली एक खनन क्षतिग्रस्त ज़मीन थी। माननीय उच्च न्यायालय द्वारा इस इलाके में खनन के प्रतिबंध लगाने के बाद इस ज़मीन को सालों की कड़ी मेहनत के बाद बंजर से हरा-भरा बनाया गया। इस परियोजना में गुरूग्राम नगर निगम और एनजीओ “IAmGurgaon”, 15,000 छात्रों, 20,000 नागरिकों और करीब 70 कॉर्पोरेट के साथ मिलकर इस ज़मीन पर 1,00,000 से ज़्यादा पेड़ लगाने का काम किया व पिछले कई वर्षों से इसकी देखभाल गुरुग्राम वासियों द्वारा की जा रही है। हज़ारों लोगों ने 8 साल की कड़ी मेहनत और लगन से एक बंजर ज़मीन को एक हरे-भरे पार्क में बदला। नतीजा ये हुआ कि आज यह बायो-डाइवर्सिटी पार्क गुरुग्राम के फेफड़ों का रूप ले चुका है। ये शहरी-करण की मार झेल रहे गुरुग्राम का एकलौता व सबसे बड़ा पार्क है, जो फिलहाल 400 अलग-अलग किस्म के पेड़-पौधों और पक्षियों की करीब 180 प्रजातियों का घर है। इसके साथ ही ये जंगल देशी नीलगायों, बिल्लियों, खरगोशों का भी घर है, जो इसे बायोडायवर्सिटी का एक गढ़ बनाता है। ये पार्क प्रदूषण को सोखकर ना सिर्फ लोगों को साफ हवा देता है बल्कि गर्मियों में जलस्तर के नीचे जाने पर इसकी मदद से सालाना 32 करोड़ लीटर पानी ज़मीन में वापस भेजकर जलस्तर में सुधार भी होता है। अरावली बायोडायवर्सिटी पार्क केवल एक जंगल नहीं है बल्कि गुरूग्राम जैसे प्रदूषित इलाके के लाखों निवासियों के लिए, ये पार्क एक ढ़ाल की तरह काम करता है। ये कहना गलत नहीं होगा कि ये लाखों निवासियों की जीवन रेखा है। अब इस जीवन रेखा को मिटाने की तैयारी की जा रही है! गुरूग्राम नगर निगम द्वारा पार्क के बीच से एक 6 लेन हाईवे प्रोजेक्ट प्रस्तावित है। इसके कारण पार्क का करीब 25 एकड़ का हराभरा हिस्सा तबाह हो जाएगा। इसका सीधा असर यहां के पेड़-पौधों, पक्षियों और जानवरों पर पड़ेगा और इनके नष्ट हो जाने का खतरा भी बढ़ जाएगा। सड़कों का बनना स्वाभाविक है पर पर्याप्त सड़कें होने के बावजूद भी यहाँ एक 60 मीटर रोड बनाने का प्रस्ताव NHAI द्वारा आया है। यदि इस सड़क का निर्माण होता है तो यहां से रोजाना गुजरने वाली गाड़ियों के धुएं के कारण व सड़कों पे ट्रैफिक के शोर-शराबे से यहाँ कुछ भी नहीं बचेगा। प्रोजेक्ट के कारण ना सिर्फ एक जंगल नष्ट होगा बल्कि गुरूग्राम के लाखों निवासियों से साफ हवा का हक छिन जाएगा। हमें उम्मीद है कि भारत के लाखों-करोड़ों लोग इस जंगल को, इन पेड़-पौधों की जान बचाने के लिए हमारा साथ देंगे। हम गुरूग्राम के निवासी, पर्यावरणविद्, अधिवक्ता और गुरूग्राम के सारे बच्चे--जिन्होंने सालों की मेहनत के बाद, जिन्होंने अपने हाथों से पेड़ों को लगाया, जिन्होंने इस जंगल की जीवन की रक्षा हेतु अनेक प्रयास किये हैं-- हम सब मिलकर अनुरोध करते हैं और आशा करते है की भारत का हर एक नागरिक, सरकार और अदालतें मिलकर इस जंगल को बचाएंगी। इस पार्क को ‘पवित्र वन’ के रूप में घोषित किया जाए ताकि भारत माँ से एक और जंगल ना छीना जाए। धन्यवाद, सुमित मेहता, वकील (रूद्र लॉ फर्म) इंदिरा उन्नीनायर (वकील, सुप्रीम कोर्ट) प्रदीप कृषण (ईकोलॉजिस्ट) विजय धसमाना (ईकोलॉजिस्ट) प्रेरणा बिंद्रा (संरक्षक) चेतन अग्रवाल (पर्यावरण विश्लेषक) अमित भट्ट (शहरी परिवहन विशेषज्ञ) वीनीता सिंह (डेवलपमेंट सेक्टर पेटीशनर) मुक्ता नाइक ( शहरी योजनाकर्ता) लतिका ठुकराल (IAmGurgaon) वीणा पद्मनाभन (नागरिक कार्यकर्ता) #nahitoNHAI  

Sumit Mehta
182,739 supporters
Victory
Petitioning district collector, National Highways Authority of India, Member of Parliament

SAVE OUR TREES - POLLACHI'S GREEN ASSET AND COIMBATORE'S CULTURAL SYMBOL

Work is underway, as the National Highways wing of the State highway department has consented to allocate Rs 35 crores for the project of widening the Pollachi-Coimbatore Highway into a 4-lane road. Though the project has avoided acquisition of lands for the development, it has brought with it, a devastating effect of cutting almost all the trees (nearly 1,700 of them) on either side of the road for the project.  These trees not only offer a scenic gateway for travelers and tourists who visit Pollachi but also offer shelter from rain and sun for passersby and supports livelihood for local residents and petty shop keepers.  Since the time, the work has begun huge, tall trees that are 60-100 years old have been abruptly dispatched in a matter of hours. The project has been approved without considering the tremendous loss of long stretches of green corridor, and work is carried out in the absence of any concrete plan or sustainable ways to reduce negative impact on the environment. With Pollachi and Coimbatore recording the highest Summer temperatures in the recent years, clearance of this long stretch of green cover will severely damage the environment and prove to be hazardous for healthy living of residents in and around Pollachi region in the coming years.  Though the law requires the NHAI to plant new saplings, thrice its number to compensate the loss, it will take a long time for them to grow and make up for the huge loss suffered.  Also the continuous maintenance and nurturing of these saplings is expensive than transplanting, as it requires additional labor and costs - a lot of money and monitoring is required to ensure that every sapling planted reaches maturity. In the past, in projects such as Mettupalayam road, planting of saplings to recompense the loss of trees have not proven successful, shows RTIs and studies.  The legal process also requires any civic body to issue a notification about its plans to bring down trees and wait to hear and resolve public objections before going ahead. No such measures were followed.  Modern technology offers various solutions to transplant the trees, regenerate them and turn the treeless areas green in a much shorter span of time than required for growing new trees. Instead of being cut down, transplanting them in available public spaces, or along road sides that allows space, would reduce the impact. Many such pro-active, ingenious measures have been taken across India among developing cities like Hyderabad and Surat and have proven to be very successful.  Also measures like Natural landscaping, planning service lanes around trees, traffic regulation and public transportation solutions need to be found before completely destroying the precious green cover handed over to us by our forefathers.  So we kindly request you to consider measures that will enable Engineers and ecologists, citizens from the city and the countryside to join hands to find better design and transportation solutions that incorporate retaining the old trees, such as tamarinds and banyans, as essential components of roadsides for their varied and indisputable uses, and as representing a more refined aesthetic sorely needed for our cities, roads, and countryside.    Since the procedures like transplanting is a very sensitive process and requires utmost care and precision, we also suggest a formation of a Joint Action Commitee consisting of ecologists, botanists and environmentalists who will oversee and guide and ensure the successful transplantation of the uprooted trees. The tree transplantation technique will not only help us preserve trees but also allow the urban sprawl between Pollachi and Coimbatore to grow with sustainable development.

The Pollachi Papyrus
1,425 supporters
Petitioning National Highways Authority of India, Ministry of Railways, India, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India

Stop building roads and railways through forested areas holding tigers.

Problem> Road and railway projects through forests holding endangered species such as tigers are being proposed and executed at an alarming rate. For instance, the enormous road project taken up through the famous tiger-rich Tadoba, Maharashtra, which has been slammed by conservationists and scientists. Another example is the proposal for the elevated highway 212 through Bandipur National Park. Efforts against this project are ongoing.> India already has a widespread and sufficient network of roads and railways spanning the country. > Financial greed should not be the only motive backing such "development" projects. > Besides ecotourism, deforestation and loss of species eventually has not just ecological, but huge financial impacts as well. > Mitigation measures should be undertaken for all existing roads and railways. It is shocking to know that money is rarely ever set aside for the same. Moreover, numerous rails and roads in the country do not follow guidelines laid down for animal welfare. Solution> Development projects through forested regions should not be undertaken. With all the deforestation that has been done, more is not sustainable.> 2000 tigers for 1.4 billion people is still shameful. Tiger conservation - poaching, habitat destruction, loss of prey - should be of concern to every department in the government.> Sanctity of all forms of life should be preserved. The government has a duty to all.> Mitigation measures should be undertaken for all existing roads and railways. Over/underpasses should be built. Speed limits enforced strictly. Conservation experts should oversee mitigation measures. > Money being spent on the "development projects" must be spent for mitigation measures and for improving existing roads/railways.

Divya Goil
1,093 supporters
Safe and Clean Highway Toilets for Women

The problem raised by this petition on Change.org as well as other persons regarding inadequacy of toilet facilities specially for women is genuine and is well taken care of. The following is submitted regarding the availability of toilet facilities along National Highways; Ø NHAI is operating about 255 Toll Plazas (BOT/EPC/OMT) where toilet facilities are available at Toll Plazas for use of public/road commuters. However, NHAI has initiated a drive to construct toilets for men and women separately on up and down side of National Highways along with providing dustbins at 100 identified Toll Plazas across the country on pan India basis under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Ø Toilet facilities are available at retail outlets of Petroleum Companies along National Highways which can be used by road users/ travellers while plying on the National Highways. Ø NHAI has taken initiative with oil Marketing Companies to upgrade the existing toilet facilities at retail outlets to standard designs and to ensure clean, safe and hygienic basic facilities of toilets and drinking water to the road commuters free of cost. Ø NHAI is planning to develop wayside amenities at every 50 km length of National Highway across the country where the facility of toilets, restaurants, dhabas, fuel stations, sundry shops, haat bazaars etc. shall be available for short stay for the road commuters.

3 years ago