Petition to Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, Arif Mohammed Khan
SAVE KERALA FROM MULLAPPERIYAR DAM DISASTER
Honb'le Prime Minister of India, Greetings to you. May grace and peace be yours in abundance through knowledge of the Omnipotent. I pray for your good health and happy long life. I write this petition with great anguish,utmost disappointment and agony. I am residing with my family consisting of my wife and children along with 4 millions of people and a million of migrated laborers from all over India beneath a more than century old dam consisting of 15 TMC water spreading over 4668 Acres of land- The Mullaperiyar Dam! A case of constant tussle and litigation is ongoing for many years between the Governments of Kerala and Tamil Nadu causing regular tension between the people in a Federal structure of national entity. Politicians of the two provinces are playing over the petty sentiments of the people for gaining electoral advantages.The 152 feet reservoir of the dam is thus a Political matter for the concerned, but the facts are beyond the scope of petty Politics of Provincialism. This is a case of ecological, economical, human disaster. Not only human, the entire flora and fauna is to perish in the part of the World if the dam is to continue without any move to rectify the risks involved. Due to the disaster waiting in the wings more than a lakh of people between the dam and the Idukki reservoir 40km below the dam, more than 40 lakhs of people in the lower reaches of Periyar, Azhutha, Meenachilar, Pamba and Manimalayar rivers spreading over 5 districts will be drowned causing not only loss of millions of lives of human and animal population but also precious housing properties and agriculture fields placing a total loss amounting to billions and billions of rupees. As everybody know, this dam has been constructed on an unusual agreement of 999 years(10 centuries). This contract was made in between the Secretary of State under British and the King, His Highness the Visakham Thirunal Marthandavarma,the then King of Travancore, the vassal state under the British. All agreements made by the British are either nullified or cancelled immediately after Independence. Unfortunately, the slavery of people of Kerala in this regard is continuing even after the Independence. The dam is more than a century old and sick. No dam in the world is old as this dam. Other dams constructed contemporary to the Mullaperiyar Dam is either demolished or decommissioned. This dam was constructed using Lime Surky concrete which is 6 times inferior than the present M30 concrete used for construction. Already a good portion of lime has been washed away. There is leakage at the surface and gallery of the Dam. A leakage is found in between the 17th and 18th block. The Legislative Sub Committee has examined the dam and found that there is leakage between 10th and 11th block of the dam. The quantity of the seepage water is increasing day by day. A severe damage was found in the masonry structure at 95 to 106 door from the base of the dam. Apart from innumerable patholes, crevices and other openings that are visible on the surface of the Dam, the masonry cover provided at the upstream portion of the Dam has undergone a crushing between 95 to 106 foot through the entire length of the Dam.The damage that the dam has undergone in between the above noted elevation is so severe that no rectification can save the Dam from a disaster.More importantly no technology has developed in the whole world to perfectly strengthen a dam which is old and deteriorating. Therefore the strengthening works done has actually weakened the dam. Considering all these, the report relied by the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India in the Mullaperiyar Dam case is misguiding, unscientific and baseless. It is most pertinent to note that the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India has appreciated the apprehensions of the people through an order in the writ petition filed by the Adv. Russel Joy in which the Prime Minister of India is the first Respondent. It is significant to note the dangerous situation going to be faced by the people in 5 districts of Tamil Nadu. If the dam bursts, the fate of these people would be severe that no could imagine. After the collapse, construction of a new dam is not at all possible under the present laws.The laws are changed and it became so progressive than the laws prevailed at the time of construction of the Mullaperiyar Dam. So the situation of the people of Tamil Nadu will be more worse than the situation prior to the construction of the Dam. Under the aforementioned facts and keeping in mind the well being of the people of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, I humbly appeal appeal to the Hon'ble Prime Minister to urgently interfere in this matter to rectify the evil of the British immediately by an order in consensus with the State of Kerala and the State of Tamil Nadu for the construction of a new dam which will bring back the safety of people of Kerala and water to our neighboring State.
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Save Chammundi Movement !!!!!!!!
Save Chammundi Movement Chammundi hills is well known for Chamundeshwari Devi Temple atop the Hills, which is the Patron deity of Mysuru and thousands of people visit it daily for hundreds of years now. It is equally important as an urban ecological site which is also home to a huge biodiversity of around 600 species of flora, birds(150 species of which 72 breed here), Mammals(20 species) Reptiles(23 species) and millions of insects (including 153 species of butterflies) which play a major role in maintaining the ecological balance of our whole city (Ref: https://www.mysorenature.org). Thus Chammundi hill with a large part considered as RESERVE FOREST is a very important Cultural, Heritage and an Ecologically Sensitive Zone which needs to be preserved as it is forever. Over the period of years, in the name of development the hill top environs have been overrun by constructions, of which many are illegal and badly planned buildings. Government’s Development Plan for Chammundi Hills, meant to increase tourists, included construction of a shopping complex, dormitories, guest houses and multi-level parking atop the hill. This has led to commercialisation of the heritage site which is now fighting the continuous adverse civic and environmental impacts as the Hill is littered with huge and growing quantities of solid wastes generated by the existing commercial activity. Further, in recent times the roads leading to the hilltop have been caved down (landslides) at three points and the reasons are yet to be ascertained. But still the authorities were keen on widening these roads to four lanes. Several times ropeway was proposed and have been stopped at the instance of protests from the netizens. Indeed, noted litterateur Dr.S.L.Bhyrappa warned that “tourism will kill tourism”. However, before that happens, tourism will certainly destroy the ambiance of Chammundi Hills by making it a commercial center. Today, the spiritual-religious-heritage sanctity of Chammundi Hill is threatened. Government needs to take a proactive, people-and-environment-friendly approach, to protect and preserve the spiritual-religious-heritage-ecological sanctity of Chammundi Hill. This will also help to protect the Chammundi Hills from the onslaught of Climate Change, and will be in keeping with the policy and commitments of Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Mysoreans for Saving Mysore (Note: We do not need any funds for this petition)
Petition to Central Government, Kerala and Tamil Nadu state government
Mullaperiyar dam was built by the Britishers 116 years back in kerala.A treaty was signed between the Madras state and king of Travancore to share water to tamilnadu.It was signed for a period of 999 years.According to the builder who built this, The life expectancy of dam was around 70 years and now it has crossed 116 years.The concern has given rise to a protest few years back saying some drastic decision has to be taken to save this dam.But like any other cases it just faded away after few days and supreme Court ruled out kerala's stand and allowed Tamil Nadu to increase the level of water.If something happens to this dam,3 districts of Kerala will be wiped out and around 3 million people will be erased from the face of the Earth.If such a catastrophe strike who will be answerable.Every other indian will be showing their sorry faces and everyone will countinue their life as nothing happend.Everyone will post their condolences in social media and same old story will repeat.But that won't compensate for the loss of 3 million people.Either we have to start acting now or wait and watch for the event that will be known as the biggest catastrophe in 21st century and Indians can be proud that a disaster that took lives of 3 million people belonged to India.
Petition to The Prime Minister of India, Nerendra Modi, Arif Mohammed Khan
Petition to the Prime minister of India to save 35,00000 Indians from possible dam break
Mullaiperiyar Dam is a masonry gravity dam on the Periyar River in the Indian state of Kerala. It is located 881 m (2,890 ft) above mean sea level, on the Cardamom Hills of the Western Ghats in Thekkady, Idukki District of Kerala, South India. It was constructed between 1887 and 1895 by John Persnickety and also reached in an agreement to divert water eastwards to the Madras Presidency area (present-day Tamil Nadu). It has a height of 53.6 m (176 ft) from the foundation, and a length of 365.7 m (1,200 ft). The dam was constructed using stone rubble masonry with lime mortar grouting following prevailing 19th-century construction techniques that have now become archaic, seepage and leaks from the dam have caused concern. Moreover, the dam is situated in a seismically active zone. An earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale occurred on 7 June 1988 with maximum damage in Nedumkandam and Kallar (within 20 km of the dam). Subsequently, several tremors have occurred in the area in recent times. These could be reservoir-induced seismicity, requiring further studies according to experts. A 2009 report by IIT Roorkee stated that the dam "was likely to face damage if an earthquake of the magnitude of 6.5 on the Richter scale struck its vicinity when the water level is at 136 feet". There are serious violations on the safety aspects of the dam in terms of seismological safety,hydrological safety and environmental safety. The dam has been under-designed because at the time of its construction cement was not available and hence neither a masonry dam in cement mortar nor a concrete dam with cement mortar could be built to ensure better safety standards. The old methods of constructionfollowed about a century ago enabled the engineers to use only surkhi mortor with lime, sandand rubble stone was used for the construction of the dam. Since the dam was under-designedand with poor materials of construction it is bound to collapse due to aging also. Moreover themagnitude of peak floods to be used for the spillway design was based upon rough estimateswhich do not confirm to the modern estimates of extreme floods as recommended by experts ofthe International committee on large dams Even the seismic potential was under- estimatedHence there are abundant chances for the dam to collapse and such an accident will result inthe death of about 36,00000 people living downstream and the wiping off of many towns and cities which include Kochi city as well. Consequently the people of Kerala living downstream of the dam are vociferously demanding for the implementation of dam review policies followed for evaluation of safety of the existing dams and take remedial actions to protect the lives of the people and their properties. But there is no unanimousagreement on this subject of dam safety between Kerala, Tamil Nadu and the Union Governmentand this as resulted in a controversy on the safety of the dam. People of Kerala is demanding for the removal of the existing aged and decaying damon the plea that its inevitable collapse within the near future will result in an avoidable manmade disaster like the Bhopal tragedy in India and the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan. Due to this disaster waiting in the wings, more than a lakh of people between the dam and theIddukki reservoir 40km below the dam more than 35 lakhs of people in the lower reaches ofPeriyar river upto Ernakulam-Cochin belt will be drowned causing not only loss of millions oflives and property. We request the Prime Minister of India, Sri Narendra Modi to intervene in this matter as fast as possible and save our lives. We believe that you have the capability to do this for us. I am drafting this petition from the middle of the Kerala floods 2019, and we cannot even think of a possible dam-break. I urge all fellow citizens of India to sign this petition and share it to save our lives. References https://www.indiawaterportal.org/sites/indiawaterportal.org/files/dam_break_analysis_of_mullaperiyar_dam_prof._shivaji_rao_2014.pdf https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mullaperiyar_Dam http://jamewils.blogspot.com/
Petition to Office of the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, 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.
Petition to Eknath Shinde, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, Office of the Chief Minister of Maharashtra
Let's Unite to Save Aarey Forest Once Again
When I declared victory on my last petition, I was certain that we had saved 808 acres of the Aarey Forest as former Chief Minister, Uddhav Thackeray fulfilled his promise of shifting metro car shed out of Aarey and declaring it as reserved forest within just a year of commencing his office. That, however, is not the case any more, as within hours of swearing in, the new Maharashtra government has overturned the decision and directed the urban development department officials to bring a proposal for building the car shed at Aarey before the Cabinet. This only means that we need to sign and share this petition once again and continue our battle to save our Aarey forest. This petition is not against the Metro. The purpose of this petition is to stop metro car shed from being built inside Aarey forest and thereby save the only surviving green lungs of Mumbai. There are more options available which are technically feasible as endorsed by experts, environmental friendly, and more cost effective than building a car shed inside the forest. Instead of groundless arguments defending the decision to make car shed in a forest, the newly appointed government should honour the demands of citizens of Mumbai of clean & green city. I hope you will stand with us, raise your voice, and sign and share this petition! _________ 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 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 #UniteToSaveAarey
Petition to Shri Dharam Deo Rai, Shri Bhupender Yadav, Shri Narender Modi, Arvind Kejriwal, Dr. O.P. Chaudhary
Help free Shankar from decades of solitary confinement in the Delhi Zoo
Petition in other languages: Hindi , Italian, French Who is Shankar? In 1998, a 26 month-old male African elephant was presented as a diplomatic gift by Zimbabwe to India. He was named 'Shankar' after India’s 9th President Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma. Shankar, now over 26 years old, has lived his entire life in the Delhi zoo (National Zoological Park, NZP). Since 2001 when his sole companion Vambai passed away, Shankar has lived in solitary confinement. Shankar's Physical and Mental Condition Shankar is chained for 17 hours of the day and does not have adequate space to move around when he is let out. Much like humans, elephants are social beings and suffer neurological distress when put in solitary confinement. Shankar constantly demonstrates stereotypical behaviour like swaying and head-bobbing, a key sign of distress (see video link). In fact, Shankar's aggressive behaviour has necessitated the zoo authorities to permanently close the viewing pathway since he could be a danger to visitors. In a response to our RTI in July 2021, the Delhi Zoo confirmed that not only has it made NO effort in the past, it has NO FUTURE PLANS to release Shankar to a sanctuary or any other location where he can have the companionship of other African elephants. This just fills us with sadness and despair for Shankar who is clearly in duress. If Shankar’s solitary captivity does not end immediately, he will meet the same fate as Vambai who died in the zoo. Our Demand We need the Delhi Zoo (NZP) to transfer Shankar to be released to a wildlife refuge or sanctuary where there are ample African elephants. The NZP director has a unique opportunity to set an example to every other zoo in India and to the world so that not only Shankar but all other captive elephants can have a better future. Steps undertaken by YFA Letter sent to Delhi Zoo on October 4, 2021. Read here Letter sent to Prime Minister's Office on November 16, 2021. Read here Having received no response, we filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Delhi High Court that was heard on January 3, 2022. The Hon'ble High Court admitted our case and also directed the Respondents to consider our representation. The next court hearing is scheduled for July 6, 2022. We really hope you will join hands with us to help Shankar earn his freedom and have a chance to live a normal elephant life with his own kind. Please sign our petition and share it widely. Thanks and regards Nikita Dhawan and Nandika Karunakaram (On Behalf of Youth For Animals) FOLLOW OUR SHANKAR CAMPAIGN PAGE HERE Reach us via- Website II Email Follow us on social media to help amplify our voice Twitter II Facebook II Instagram II Linkedin II YouTube Hashtags for our campaign Main- #FreeShankarDelhiZoo Others- #FreeShankar #ShankarforSanctuary #Shankar #HaathiMereSaathi
Petition to Radha Mohan Singh, Prakash Javadekar, Narendra Modi, Sachin Subhash Yadav
At least 2 trees per 1000 square feet agriculture land to fight drought and climate change
While forests have received a lot of attention for their role in storing carbon, thus helping mitigate climate change, they could also help us to adapt to a changing climate and combat drought by influencing rainfall patterns. As the climate changes, severe droughts are likely to become more common, and we shouldn’t miss the opportunities to influence the hydro-logic cycle in a beneficial way using trees. We know that trees in forests are the most efficient evaporate-transpirators out there. If we compare them to say agricultural land cover, trees can evaporate-transpirate twice as much as agricultural crops and about twice as much as water body surfaces. So removing forests will have the biggest impact on cross-continental transport of water vapor and we human did this, Conversely, by planting trees in strategic locations, we may be able to increase rainfall in key areas. That's why my suggestion is to pass a bill to certain plantation of at least 2 trees on the boundary of every 1000 square feet of agriculture land so that we will be able to fight drought and climate change on a very basic and large level. video Link:At Least 2 Trees on Boundary per 1000 Square Feet Agricultural Land