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Petitioning Narendra Modi, national green tribunal, Supreme Court of India, Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde, JICA India, JICA Tokyo, Aaditya Thackeray, Ram Nath Kovind, Uddhav Thackeray

Mumbai’s climate and ecology in danger.

Mumbai, the city of dreams in India , while blessed with wealth is very poor in one aspect, Open spaces. The only relief this densely packed city has are, Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) and Aarey Forest. These lush green oases in a sea of grey, not only tackle pollution and floods but also help bring down temperatures. But unfortunately Mumbai stands to lose this forest due to various upcoming projects. The first of these, which will open up this green lung to commercialization, is a car shed for the upcoming Mumbai Metro 3, which is being funded by the Japanese company, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) with 57% of the project cost , which is about  2,036 Million $.  A car shed is nothing but a parking lot and service area for metro trains. JICA Dear reader, in this day and age when the world is struggling with the devastating consequences of climate change, destroying a critical green lung for a parking lot is irresponsible. 3500 trees are set to be cut and we want the government to rethink the location of the car shed.There are many viable options, mentioned in their own studies, which have no environmental destruction involved.Experts from NEERI and IIT (Reputed organizations in India) have suggested 7 other alternate sites as  options.They have clearly warned of the consequences Mumbai will face in terms of flooding and loss of open space & wildlife, if the depot is built in Aarey forest.Government records show that Aarey is an integral part of Sanjay gandhi National Park and thus protected under forest laws. It has over 5 Lakh trees, it is home to 9 resident leopards and has a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna. Even today, original adivasis (indigenous inhabitants of this area) live in 27 tribal hamlets in Aarey. It offers a unique experience for urban dwellers to experience nature at it's best. “In the name of development, only tribals suffer” said one of the leaders. The Save Aarey campaign has been requesting the government to relocate the carshed to an alternative location. Relocation will not affect the metro 3 alignment in any way. Common citizens from all walks of life, professionals, students, school children, celebrities have  supported this issue. Inspite of all this the state government is insistent on building the depot in Aarey. And to support this, they have given wrong information to JICA. The Mumbai Metro rail corporation Ltd.(MMRCL) has told JICA that the project site is located in city area and no wildlife is envisaged, while in reality, Aarey is a forest area , housing 76 species of birds, 80 species of butterflies , 16 species of mammals, 38 species of reptiles and 9 leopards, besides 0.4 million trees. By signing this petition, you are asking JICA to review the funding given to the project. According to JICA's environmental and social considerations, it should comment on the issue and By shifting the depot out of Aarey, Mumbai will not only get a metro but also retain its green, open space. And we are sure in consideration of its policies, JICA will also help in putting an end to further loss of land in Aarey to various other big and small projects. Help #SaveAareyForest.

Nirali Vaidya
724,146 supporters
Petitioning Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, Manoj Kumar Jha, Arvind Kejriwal, Office of the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Manish Tewari

Provide Food and Safe Transport to Stranded Migrants during COVID-19 Lockdown

"Should we eat mud and stones here in the city? It’s better that we go back to our villages. At least there we will get to eat roti with salt." These words by a migrant labourer interviewed on TV while he was walking hundreds of kilometres to his home shook me.  All of India is struggling for normalcy in this 21-day lockdown in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak. But the ones who are the hardest hit are the most vulnerable of us all: the migrant labourers, who work in big cities as daily wagers.  The lockdown means they’re out of work for the next 3 weeks. With no income they can’t afford food. Before the government could announce relief packages, lakhs of them with children in tow began heading back to their villages within and across state borders. On foot, as there is no public transport either. All they want is to get back safely to their homes in their village.Sign my petition asking the Central governments and state governments to coordinate a rescue and relief operation. This should include providing them  Safe transport to reach their villages Food and water camps along the route Doing so will require intense coordination across states, involving District Administrations. It is heartening to see that a few Chief Ministers have already begun reaching out to one another through social media. Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh (where I am from), Odisha, Jharkhand, Delhi, and Punjab are already coordinating among themselves. This rescue, relief and support operation needs to involve multiple states. Sign my petition to provide relief to stranded migrants immediately. This will be the best use of our access to social media, especially when we are unable to go out of our homes.If we don't raise our voices for these helpless Indians then who will?#HelpTheMigrants Image Credit: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

Shirin S Khan and Sunita Kumari Changemakers
442,412 supporters
Petitioning Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation Ministry of Jal Shakti, Iqbal Singh Chahal, Shri Dharmendra, IAS, Office of the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Arvind Kejriwal, Randeep D

Stop Exposing Sanitation Workers through Open Bin Garbage Collection

I am absolutely sure you must have seen that decrepit, ugly garbage truck with garbage spilling on the road and the unbearable stench which you just can't shake off even if you splash perfume in your nostrils. Imagine, the sanitation workers who handle this garbage on a daily basis. The COVID 19 has shaken countries world over and brought the concept of Social Distancing. Today most of India is sitting at homes in lockdown condition, distancing from neighbours and friends. But sadly there is one aspect where the rules of distancing is not being followed. Yes, it is the very mundane and common activity, generally not noticed, not at all conspicuous and it is the activity of garbage collection.  Have I got your attention? So please read and sign this petition and share it with your friends.  The garbage collection in India is done in open bins wherein the sanitation workers collect the garbage from door to door. Then this garbage is transported in open trucks, many a times spilling a bit on the whole route taken by the vehicle. This is a surefire method of spreading the contamination while the whole nation is maintaining social distancing. Maybe the little bits of garbage here and there do not pose such a health hazard in normal conditions but during the COVID 19 pandemic, it poses a huge risk to all and most to the Sanitation Workers who are collecting the garbage, loading it on the trucks and driving those trucks. The problem is dire in high rise apartments where door to door collection of garbage is done by Sanitation Staff or House Keeping staff in large garbage tubs which are perfunctorily covered with lids. These garbage tubs are taken up and down in lifts and elevators and the sanitation workers are confined all this time in the closed space with the garbage effusing all kinds odours and germs. God forbid if there is COVID -19 in any of the garbage. Long time back, India banned open carriage of night soil by the sanitation workers from open latrines because it was a health hazard for the sanitation workers and the surrounding areas. Today with COVID -19, collection and carriage of garbage in open is a larger contamination hazard. Therefore all wet and dry garbage from homes be collected in sealed bio-degradable garbage disposal bags and then transported in sealed garbage transportation vehicles for final disposal in land fills or incineration. I request the Central Pollution Control Board to immediately put a stop to open bin collection and open truck transportation of garbage.    Let us drive away the ugliness from our roads and from the daily routine of the sanitation workers. Let us protect them and us not only from COVID -19 but all infectious diseases which may emerge in the future.

Sanjay Mohan
233,986 supporters
Petitioning Office of the Chief Minister of Maharashtra

Nagpur needs Mr Tukaram Mundhe

To,Hon'ble CM, Maharashtra State, Uddhav Thackeray Everyone is aware about the recent developments in Nagpur's situation. The political vendetta of the corporators and the Mayor himself against an honest official is evident. We, the common people of Nagpur are saddened by the hate Mr Mundhe had to receive in return of his honest work, is something, Nagpur will never forget. The brazen attacks won't just be accepted now.   And, We the people of Nagpur express our complete confidence in Municipal Commissioner, Mr Tukaram Mundhe. With the  Mr Tukaram Mundhe took charge as NMC commissioner in the month of January and since then, in less than six months he has been able to change the face of Nagpur. He has proved his mettle against the deadly pandemic of coronavirus, by handling the situation very efficiently with appropriate use of iron fist and feather touch as per the demanding situation. Thanks to his strict, prompt, result oriented and focused methods of good governance; Nagpur city has phenomenally controlled the community spread of Covid-19, with recovery rate of 80%.  Some of the steps taken by NMC under the able leadership of Mr Tukaram Mundhe are as follows: 1) Mass quarantine facilities created at very affordable costs and without corruption2) Shelter homes for migrant labourers and beggars3) Skill development activities for beggars4) Strict implementation of lockdown in various stages5) Door-to-Door Survey for Identification of patients6) Tracing, Isolation, Testing and Treatment7) Effective public awareness programs As a result of these initiatives Nagpur could save millions of lives.But unfortunately, some politicians with their own vested interests are introducing a formal no-confidence motion against an honest and hard working officer like Mr Tukaram Mundhe. It is a pity that they are demanding his transfer from city at this crucial and important time, when the city needs him. This kind of conspiracy against an honest IAS officer is not only shameful, but also is a blot on the image of Nagpur city.We hereby, with our full knowledge & consciousness, go ahead with this PEOPLES' CONFIDENCE MOTION in favour of Mr Tukaram Mundhe in the larger interest of our family, community & our beloved city, Nagpur.  

Anonymous Observer
122,791 supporters
Petitioning Office of the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Iqbal Chahal, Narendra Modi, Aaditya Thackeray

Save Our Coast - Develop Mumbai Responsibly

SAVE THE COAST - DEVELOP RESPONSIBLY The MCGM (BMC) has approved a plan to spend around Rs 12,700 crores on a 9.8 km coastal road, from Princess Street Flyover to the Worli Sea-Link.  At over Rs 1200 crores per km, it will be the most expensive road ever built in India! The cost has more than doubled from the original estimates, perhaps due to the plan to reclaim 170 acres of land along the coast. At a time when Government of Maharashtra is urgently seeking Rs 8000 crores from the Centre for drought relief in the State, and when the BMC cannot spare a few hundred crores required to upgrade the BEST Bus fleet, there is no excuse for the waste of public funds on the pretext of improving traffic woes. The Coastal Road in its current state creates more problems than it solves and the citizens of Mumbai have come together to question this colossal waste of public funds and ask for a complete cessation of work on the Mumbai Coastal Road Project till we are made aware of the true facts for the following reasons: 1. BMC has admitted that the final alignment for the tunnel and the road are not yet available to share with the public. No work should be carried out before a public hearing is held. This is a statutory requirement under the MRTP Act. 2. The Environmental Impact Assessment Report of this revised alignment, including climate change issues, rising sea levels, disaster management, storm water management, sewage management and measures of mitigation need to be shared with all stakeholders including the public. The MCGM has also agreed in public interactions that the current construction is generating pollution levels in excess of what is permissible in the N.O.Cs received by the corporation. 3. The city of Mumbai floods every year leading to loss of life and property. The proposed reclamation will be a dam that will block storm drainage and will close natural edge drainage, creating even more dangerous flooding in the city. The Mithi River disaster is a case in point. 4. A fundamental flaw is the lack of a Traffic Disbursal System to connect to the proposed Coastal Road. Without the proper disbursal roads, there will be traffic jams getting on and off the coastal road creating huge congestion in the already high traffic areas on the congested stretches of Bhulabhai Desai Road, NepeanSea Road, Haji Ali junction. Residents will be struck in traffic for hours after spending Rs 12700 crores. 5. It is feared that proposed “green” spaces on the 170 acres of reclaimed land will be commercially developed or sold to private developers. This fear has worsened with the current amendment to the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ), which empowers the local body (in our case, the BMC) to give all permissions. In a city where real estate is one of the most expensive in the world, and where the MCGM itself earns thousands of crores annually by way of Development Premiums and Fungible FSI, the financial pressure to succumb to the builder lobby will be extremely high. 6. There is no system in place to prevent unauthorized encroachment on the proposed reclaimed land, since these vast reclaimed lands cannot be barricaded. With the nine existing illegal dwellings in the area, the danger that the encroachment will increase is a very real one. The proposed open spaces will be converted into massive unauthorized illegal enchroachments. 7. The Koli fishing community depends on crustaceans and shellfish that breed in the rocky inter tidal areas. The proposed reclamation will deprive them of their livelihood. 8. As the Government of Maharashtra does not have funds for this project, the MCGM is dipping into their reserve funds for the initial expenditure of Rs.1500 crores. There is no indication of how this project will be funded thereafter. Should the project commence and funds dry up, the partially completed project would constitute an environmental risk of disastrous proportions to the coastline. In view of the above, the Mumbai Coastal Road project is counter to the public interest and the citizens demand that work on the Coastal Road Project be stopped until we are given the opportunity to understand all aspects of the project including its intent, environmental issues, vehicular traffic, pedestrian movement, public transport, etc.   CITIZENS! THE COASTAL ROAD RECLAMATION PROJECT MUST BE INVESTIGATED · The project has started without the final plans and the legally required public hearing. · It poses a huge environmental risk for all futures generations. · Flooding and disasters due to reclamation and closure of natural edge drainage. · No thought has been given to traffic management, which is critical. · It is a massive real-estate development project in disguise. · Loss of livelihoods for Koli community. · Fiscal waste and creation of debt trap. It diverts massive funds, which, instead, should be better spent on improving the city’s bus and rail transport. · Feared that proposed green belt will be converted into illegal encroachment belt.   SAVE THE COAST - DEVELOP RESPONSIBLY COMMITTEE contact details:  Signed: Cyrus Guzder Bittu Sehgal Susiieben Shah Rahul Kadri Ritu Desai Jai Sisodia Zia Sud Dinyar Madon Cushru Shroff Dilip Gondalia Mamta Mangaldas Radhika Sabavala Nayantara Sabavala Sooni Taraporewala Neerja Shah Nasreen Fazalbhoy              

Save Our Coast 2019
107,924 supporters
Petitioning Uddhav Thackeray, Smriti Irani, Supriya Sule, Smt. I. A. Kundan, Harsh Vardhan

Stop feeding formula milk to newborns without the parent's consent #MyBabyMyDecision

During the nine months of my pregnancy, all I was waiting for the day that I could hold my baby in my arms. There is no better feeling in the world for a mother than the first time you feed your baby. All I wished for was to have a healthy baby whom I could hold in my arms and feed. But my wish was not respected by the hospital where I delivered my baby. When my baby was born, he was kept in the NICU for observing his sugar levels. During the time he spent in the NICU, he was fed formula milk. I was not informed of this and my consent was not taken by the hospital. If I knew that my baby was being given formula milk, I would have never allowed for that to happen. There was a milk bank in the hospital and my baby could have been fed human milk during the early stages of his life. I later realized that what happened to me is a very rampant practice across the country. Especially when a mother is recovering after a C-section, or when a baby is in the NICU, many hospitals just go ahead and feed the baby formula milk, without informing the mother. Our government has spent crores of rupees in advertising about the importance of breastfeeding. Many of you may have heard radio and TV ads about the thick yellow milk that a lactating mother produces is crucial for the baby’s long term health. But the hospitals, especially the private ones, make tonnes of money because they get discounted formula milk dabbas from the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture them. The moment the baby is born, they open a new dabba and start feeding the baby. That dabba is then given to the new mothers to take home with them and the cost is added to the bill. And all of this is done without the consent of the unsuspecting mother who is tired after delivering the baby.I know quite a few mothers who’ve had a tough time switching from formula to breast milk. That’s why I want the government to tell all the hospitals to get prior consent of the mother before feeding a newborn formula milk. The hospitals ask for the patient’s consent for every small thing. They make you sign so many documents before and after the delivery. And yet the doctors chose to give my baby formula over human milk. Without my consent! Why? Luckily, my baby was in the NICU only for a day. Had he been there for a longer time, I cannot even imagine how hard it would have been for me to wean him off formula. Join me and sign this petition to make it mandatory for doctors to educate new parents about the benefits of breastfeeding and breast milk and ask for their consent if at all, formula needs to be given to their baby. Breast is not just the best, but also the biological norm! #MyBabyMyDecision  

Jincy Varghese
108,004 supporters
Petitioning Office of the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Uday Samant(Maharashtra minister for higher and technical education)

Cancellation of examination for final semester students

As we all know, recently Mr. Uday Samant(Maharashtra minister for higher and technical education) announced that final semester students will have to attend examinations to avail their degree. This has caused a lot of chaos and confusion for students across the state. Some of the things not taken into consideration are as follows: 1. Students who failed in any previous semester are being promoted and the students who passed in all semesters and reached till final semester have to give an exam with fear of the pandemic. 2. Even if social distancing is maintained during the exam, students might gather together before and after the exam. 3. The mental stress and state of all other year students are understood but doesn't the final year student undergo the same mental stress during this covid19Pandemic. 4. Online resources and syllabus yet not enough to complete the term. Books are not available with the students. Most of the students in rural areas don't have the access to online syllabus. 5. Traveling from one place to another to just give exams during this Pandemic not acceptable. Moreover, Most of the final year students have either been placed or are looking for job opportunities after completing their degree. If the exams are internally evaluated, these students can focus on their placement preparation. All the final year students have already given 5 semesters (for 3-year courses) or 7 semesters (for 4-year courses) examinations. Also, in the majority of colleges intermediate semester exams are already conducted. All of these can help assess the overall performance of each student which could further be used to evaluate their graduate marks. Hence, it is all of our sincere requests to kindly cancel the examination for final semester students. The health of all students is more important than their academics. However, we can't ignore the importance of academics and hence request you to assess us on our previous marks and give us a wealth of time and health for future accomplishments. We know our voices are well taken care of, thank you for your time.  Last week, it was announced by CM and Mr.Uday Samant  that the exam will be cancelled, however there still isn't an official decision letter published by the universities. Moreover , the governor has expressed that he does not intend to promote the final year students which has resulted in more chaos among the students. Kindly consider the petition 

Lenix Lobo
99,174 supporters
Petitioning Smriti Zubin Irani

Publicise Plans for Using Nirbhaya Funds for Women’s Safety

That girl could’ve been me - I keep repeating that to myself. Unable to stop the tears... because while this is an ‘inhumane act’ for you - it's the reality for women all over India every single day. No woman in India wants to be remembered as “India’s Daughter”. Because India’s Daughter has now come to mean only one thing: a woman who is raped, brutalized and murdered in the most gruesome way. A woman whose family is promised speedy justice, whose real name is erased from public memory and one who becomes the subject of another “Justice for” campaign that trends on social media. The Hyderabad doctor followed all the rules that society lays out for us women and yet she is gone. She was raped and burnt alive on her way back home after work at 9:30pm - a time that many of us commute home in our own cities. Her last words to her sister on the phone were: I am scared.The truth is that all of us are scared. None of us is any safer now than she was on 27th November. Because, as it turns out, the Nirbhaya Fund, which was set up following the outrage post the December 2012 rape and murder, to promote women’s safety is not being used!I googled it and found that Telangana, where the doctor was from, has used only 4% of the Nirbhaya Fund. (Rs 419 lakh out Rs 10,351 lakhs)Sign my petition asking the Women and Child Development Ministry on priority issue an advisory to ALL STATES, particularly Telangana and Maharashtra (where I live) to come up with a plan to use Nirbhaya Funds and make their plans public by the end of the year.This shouldn’t be an event that we just forget and move on from, till the next brutal gang rape.  I need your support. Sign My Petition #NotIndiasDaughter

saloni chopra
86,395 supporters