Petition to The Prime Minister of India
Protect Wetlands - Ensure Water Security
Shri Narendra ModiHon’ble Prime Minister of India Sub: Water Scarcity & Drought - Implementation of Wetland Rules Sir, It is heartening to learn that a Personal Letter from you has been hand-delivered to Heads of Villages for Conservation of Water, Digging Wells/Tanks and Harvesting of Rain-water with a view to alleviating Water Crisis. Sir, Wetlands numbering 767060 and covering 15.2 Million Ha and 4.55% of Landmass of India can very seriously alleviate the water shortage. Sir, these Wetlands · Top up the Ground Water on which 90% Population is dependent for Drinking Water through out the year. · Are Carbon Sinks to keep Environment Cool and Safe· Are Micro Climate Systems that help in controlling Climate Change.· Many more functions are served but are not enumerated here. This is why India is also one of the 170 Countries that are Contracting Parties to RAMSAR CONVENTION. Unfortunately: 1. 2010 Wetland Rules never got implemented though all work of identification and notification should have been completed by 2011.2. Judicial directions from 2015 to 2017 to implement rules and protect Wetlands were not complied with.3. When threatened and facing the ire of Supreme Court and National Green Tribunal, Rules 2010 were replaced with rules 2017 abdicating the responsibility of Central Government (Environment Protection Act is a Central Act) and passing the work to State Governments and UTs.4. The 20 Month period for Identification and Notification of Wetlands in Rules 2017 has now passed (26th September to 25th May 2019) WITHOUT A SINGLE WETLAND BEING IDENTIFIED AND NOTIFIED ACROSS INDIA. Apparently the Bureaucracy has failed in discharging its Legal and Statutory Duty and is also in non-compliance of Judicial Directions (Supreme Court Directions on 8thFebruary 2017 in Writ petition (Civil) No. 230/2001) Sir, We the parched People of India are looking up to you to intervene and direct the MOEF-CC to ensure that Wetlands (757060) are notified and protected using the all Potent Section 5, along with Section 15, of Environment Protection Act. Sincerely and With Respect Anand Arya353, Sector 15ANoida.Tele: +919818261909
Petition to Devendra Fadnavis
Green Pune Save Pune Movement
Pune's splendor and pride are its rivers, water bodies, surrounding green belts , hills, gardens open spaces and natural features. They form the lungs of our city. Many recent decisions of the government of Maharashtra spell disaster for the city of Pune. We vehemently oppose the government's decisions regarding the following and demand that these be revoked immediately: Allowing construction in the 'green and no development zones' in the name of affordable housing. Proposing construction of residential quarters for government officers on around 10.5 acres of land in the iconic Empress Botanical Garden. De-reserving two plots from Salim Ali bird Sanctuary and opening it up for construction , thus dividing the reservation for sanctuary in two parts. Destroying eco-system of the river and increasing risk of floods by- Channelization of the river by building concrete walls and encroachment by way of of reclamation, on adjoining lands under the name of river front development. Illegal shifting of blue and red flood lines towards the center of the river. Proposing 30 mts wide and 7 km long road inside the blue line of the Mula-Mutha river. This is a prohibitive zone. Further we also urge the government to take immediate steps to safeguard the interest of people and the environment and immediately- Decide on the long pending compensation policy for acquisition of Bio diversity park (passed in Aug 2015) and implementing it at the earliest to avoid further encroachment and destruction of the hills reserved for the bio diversity park. Take action against rampant dumping of debris in the river, along the banks (especially Ramnadi and Mula confluence), on hills, nallas and roads.
Petition to HON'BLE Chief Justice of Bombay High Court Dr. MANJULA CHELLUR
Declare 4 rivers of Mumbai as living entities. #SaveMumbaiRivers
Day: World Water Day, 2017 To: The Hon'ble Chief Justice of Bombay High Court. Prayer: Declare 4 rivers of Mumbai as living entities in order to preserve and conserve them. Our city of Mumbai is adorned with 4 rivers. Dahisar, Poisor, Oshiwara and Mithi river. Our Mumbai rivers originate from the Sanjay Gandhi National Park and travel at least 35 kms in the city before they meet the sea. Today, all the 4 rivers are in a bad state. Our natural resources/rivers are being strangulated to death. We need to protect and rejuvenate them.Damage - The oxygen levels in water of these rivers has gone down alarmingly. Polluted rivers are posing health hazards, causing damage to the ecosystem and disturbing the ecological balance. If rivers/river beds are concreted, it will kill the natural springs - water percolation will stop. Also ground water levels will go down gradually, leading to barren lands in near future. Govt. Action - No concrete steps have been taken to protect our 4 rivers from further degradation or to rejuvenate them. Expert committees and their recommendations have all been ignored. On the contrary, steps for concreting the rivers / river bed have been initiated by the State.Need - Urgent steps to rejuvenate all 4 Mumbai rivers are necessitated, failing which irreparable damage to the people of Mumbai and the environment in general is likely to be caused. Today, the river beds have become sewage lines. We need Your Ladyship's help to protect our rivers.Fundamental Right to Life - Our right to wholesome environment is violated. River Ganga and Yamuna - The Hon'ble High Court of Uttarakhand, has recently declared River Ganga and Yamuna as living entities, having the status of a legal person with all corresponding rights. This declaration is owing to the urgent need to preserve and conserve them. Declare Mumbai Rivers as living persons - On the same principles as applied in the case of River Ganga and Yamuna by Uttarakhand High Court, I request Your Ladyship to grant the status of living persons to all the four rivers of Mumbai and appoint appropriate persons as guardians of these rivers. This petition was prepared on World Water Day, 2017. We hope that Your Ladyship will help us protect water resources.
Petition to Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Narendra Modi, PM of India
Petition to declare climate change as an emergency in India
We have inflicted serious irreparable damage to our planet and taken the resources we have at our disposal for granted. The industries are openly flouting industrial norms and climate change is a neglected topic in the Parliament. We have no time to waste. We are living in a climate crisis that will spiral dangerously out of control unless we take rapid and dramatic action now. This is no longer about a distant future; we are talking about nothing less than the irreversible destruction of the environment within the next few years. Oridnary people will have to come on the streets to ensure that their governments actually do so. Thanks to Extinction Rebellion (XR) movement, England, Ireland, Wales and 558 councils covering 65 million people in 13 countries have declared a climate emergency. Our holy rivers contain sewage. Several populated regions in India are becoming inhospitable. Floods, droughts, less rainfall, heatwaves are affecting jobs, farming, increasing diseases, and killing thousands. All of this will increase in the future, rescue efforts will cost a large sum to the exchequer; lower productivity of workers & will lower the GDP, large scale population migration from neighbouring states will stress out resources and borders, farmers suicide rates will increase. Therefore we must declare a climate emergency now. - @tedthestoner/ Instagram
Petition to Chief Minister, Maharashtra, Saurabh Rao, Nitin Gadkari, Narendra Modi
SCRAP HCMTR - MAKE PUNE A MODEL FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
हे निवेदन मराठीत वाचण्यासाठी क्लिक करा We, the undersigned, believe that Pune should be a model for sustainable development. After our careful, in-depth study of the proposed HCMTR project with inputs from experts on traffic/transportation, urban planning, heritage conservation, ecology, geology etc. it is clear that the project goes against all principles of sustainable development. The High Capacity Mass Transit route (HCMTR), proposed in 1987 DP was a rail and bus public transport solution to bypass the city as it existed then, 30 years ago. The proposed HCMTR is a 36 Km elevated six lane ROAD passing over 34 junctions through the city, with only two lanes for public transport (BRTS) and FOUR lanes for private 4-wheelers (2/3 wheelers and cycles are NOT allowed), with project cost of Rs 5200 crores. The HCMTR project is a misguided attempt in development that will only end up benefiting 4-wheeler private vehicles at great cost to Pune's environment. We, the citizens of Pune, request you to scrap the HCMTR project, for the following reasons: 1. The very objective of HCMTR as notified under the Pune Development Plan is not being followed: As per the 1987 DP, the HCMTR is proposed as a "rail based' mass transportation system. As per the 2007 DP, notified in 2018, “The route is proposed to be used only for operating the mass transportation system”. However, the Tender document issued in February 2019 is for 24m wide road, with two lanes for BRTS and FOUR for private 4-wheelers. How did the PMC change the purpose of the HCMTR from a mass transportation rail-based route to a road with 2/3rd space for private vehicles? #HCMTR 2. HCMTR alignment based on a 1983 traffic study by MTP (Railways): We all know how Pune has changed over the last 30 years. The urgent need of the hour is a good public transport system that suits current and projected work flow needs. Many open areas on the route as planned in 1987 are now built up or congested. There are conflicts with the Metro lines and flyovers at Paud-Phata and the University which did not exist in 1987 DP. Why is a 1987 plan being forced on Pune in 2019? 3. Current proposal with 4 lanes for private 4 wheelers goes against National Urban Planning policy and the spirit of Smart Cities: The National Urban Transport Policy (NUTP) 2014, the draft Maharashtra State Urban Transport Policy 2017 and Pune’s Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP, 2008, aims to reduce use of personal motor vehicles from 55% today to 10%) – all state that urban transport should “move people, not vehicles” and that private vehicle use should be discouraged. HCMTR does just the opposite. With 4 out of 6 lanes reserved only for private 4wheelers, this project will encourage people to use cars, very soon even the elevated road will be congested by "induced demand". For sustainable traffic management, PMC should concentrate on building infrastructure to increase ridership on Metro, upgrade the PMPML system, properly maintain the Rainbow BRT infrastructure and ensure high frequency of buses. #SmartPune #SmartCity 4. HCMTR will destroy valuable water recharge zones in the city: Ground water will play in critical role in building water security for Pune in the face of population pressures and changing monsoon patterns. Nearly a third of Pune's watersheds have their catchment sources in the Vetal - Hanuman tekdi - Chatushringi complex! These catchments include some of the largest natural recharge zones in the city - including large parts of 3 to 4 out of the 5 aquifer systems that constitute the mainstay of Pune's groundwater. When Maharashtra is reeling under the worst drought in decades, Pune's ground water is coming under severe stress from an extraction of the order of 3 to 4 TMC annually, it becomes imperative to protect these tekdis as 'groundwater recharge sanctuaries' and oppose any development projects that will destroy key natural recharge sites and parts of the aquifers themselves. PMC aims to make Pune as “Jalyukt Shahar”. Achieving this goal is only possible if our hills and their biodiversity are preserved. For this, projects like HCMTR must be rejected.#JanShakti4JalShakti 5. Destruction of Forests and Green Space in the center of the city: HCMTR will destroy more than 7 hectares of Reserved Forest land, nearly 2000 mature trees will be felled, destroying hill slopes. This wanton destruction of ecologically sensitive zones is against the Constitutional mandate placed on PMC to preserve the environment -see Articles 48-A, 51-A(g) and Article 243 ZE of the Constitution, the last one specifies planning to include “integrated development of infrastructure and environmental conservation”. All developed cities have huge green and open spaces in the city centre, just like our tekdis, that play a vital role in mitigating ‘heat island’ effect, act as carbon sinks and reduce air and noise pollution. Our tekdis enhance the quality of life of residents by providing free, open area for recreation and exercise. Note, Pune's tekdis are green because of common people's participation in social forestry and should be protected as community spaces and Natural Heritage sites for future generations. #UrbanForests 6. Immeasurable loss of community lives and heritage: 34% of the route is in private hands, acquisition is estimated to cost PMC Rs. 2,452 crores! Add to that cost, is the immeasurable suffering to citizens who are losing their homes and livelihoods across the city, along with Pune's heritage e.g. in Chaturshringi Angalvasti, Parvati Nandan Ganpati Temple, Vadgaon Sheri, Bopodi, Dhanashree Society, etc. We therefore request you to scrap the HCMTR project. For sustainable development, PMC should actively discourage use of private vehicles and promote public transport options for Punekars, by focusing on efficient Metro and PMPML services.
Petition to Prime Minister of India, CHIEF MINISTER of MAHARASHTRA, Chief Secretary, CHIEF SECRETARY MAHARASHTRA STATE
SAVE THE Fertile Soil ............LAND ON THE PLANET.
"SAVE FERTILE SOIL" FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEVELOPMENT LOT OF CONSTRUCTION / BUILDINGS ARE MUSHROOMING ALL OVER.EVERY CITY HAS TO GROW WIDELY IN EVERY DIRECTION, WITH THE RESULT FERTILE SOIL/FARMS ARE GETTING COVERED WITH PERMANANT STRUCTURES/BUILDINGS , REST OF THE SOIL GETTING BURNT FOR MAKING BRICKS IN LARGE SCALE & EVENTUALLY FERTILE SOIL WILL BE VANISHED.. FERTILE SOIL IS VERY PRECIOUS & IT IS A TREASURE FOR HUMANS & EVERY LIVING SPECIES . IT CAN NOT BE REPRODUCED.IT IS AFFECTING THE GLOBAL ECOLOGY & ENVIRONMENT. RISE IN GLOBAL TEMPERATURE IS A SERIOUS ISSUE NOW. GOVERNMENT HAS TO BE SERIOUS ON ISSUE OF PROTECTING AGRICULTURAL LAND BY MEANS OF PHYSICAL SURVEY OF SUCH LAND & IMPLIMENT STRINGENT RULES TO PROTECT THE SAME. THEY MUST STOP THE CONSTRUCTION ON FERTILE LAND IN TOTAL.IT SHOULD BE STRICTLY BANNED TO CONSTRUCT ANY STRUCTURE ON ANY AGRICULTURAL / FERTILE LAND . IN CASE OF ANY SUCH CONSTRUCTION HAPPENING ON THESE LAND GOVERNMENT AUTHORITIES SHOULD ENSURE TO EXCAVATE & TRANSFER LAYER OF ENTIRE FERTILE SOIL TOTALLY FROM THE SITE PRIOR TO GIVING PERMITION TO BUILD ANY CONSTRUCTIONS OF BUILDINGS,FACTORIES,& EVEN ROADS & HIGH WAYS. FERTILE SOIL IS NEEDED TO BE PROTECTED GLOBALLY. THEY MUST ALSO LEVY TAX ON USING THE SAME FOR PLUSH GARDENS, LAWNS OF URBAN COMPLEXES & BALCONY PLANTATION THAT SERVES LIMITED CLASS OF PEOPLE. SOIL WHICH IS DISLOCATED FOR BEAUTIFICATION OF CITIES GOES WASTE AS IT IS ONE WAY & NEVER RETURNED TO THE FARMS BUT ALWAYS NEEDS REPLACEMENT.CITY GOERS DO NOT RESPECT THE IMPORTANCE OF FERTILE SOIL. EVENTUALLY IT GOES TO DRAIN OR CITY LIKE Mumbai IT GOES TO SEA BUT NEVER VISE-A-VERSE. EVERY INDIVIDUAL HAS TO BE CONCERN ABOUT THIS ISSUE. YOU NEED TO BE ALERT & INFORM CIVIC AUTHORITIES IF THEY CAN TAKE SOME ACTION & SAVE FERTILE SOIL FOR GLOBAL CONCERN. IF WE DON'T DO IT NOW OUR FUTURE GENERATIONS WILL HAVE TO SUFFER & FACE UN-BEARABLE HEAT & STARVATION.IT WILL DISTURB THE ECO BALANCE AFFECTING EARTHQUAKES,THUNDERS,FLOODS LIKE CALAMITIES.YOU MAY HAVE EVERY PROGRESS BUT WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO CULTIVATE FOOD-GRAINS, FRUITS.TO SUFFICE MEAL FOR LIVING SPECIES & TO SUSTAIN NATURAL LIVING CYCLE ? WHERE DO HAVE THE FOREST & PROVISION FOR CATTLE? IT'S MY HUMBLE REQUEST TO ALL PLEASE SUPPORT THIS CAMPAIGN & BE ALERT IF WE ALL CAN SAVE OUR MOTHER EARTH BY RESPECTING VALUE OF THE FERTILE SOIL.THANKS,REGARDS, AMEN. ARVIND AUTADAY- MUMBAI,INDIA.
Petition to Mayor Murlidhar Mohol, Mr. Saurabh Rao, Mr Shravan Hardikar, PCMC Commissioner
Treat 100% Sewage of Pune city on war-footing to avoid public health emergency
Recent findings of research done about microbes found in Mula-Mutha rivers are shockingly alarming and need immediate action on war-footing by PMC. According to this research, the diseases caused by microbes found in Mula-Mutha rivers will be untreatable as these microbes do not respond to even the strongest of antibiotics available. This is a serious health hazard for all the citizens of Pune city and has to be dealt with on top priority. Major cause of this is untreated sewage getting dumped directly in the rivers everyday for years together. It is a known fact that there is inadequate capacity of sewage treatment in the city (installed capacity is only @70%max). So there is urgent need to divert all resources to bridge this gap first instead of spending PMC budget on cosmetic beautification of the city. Also, the track record of performance of existing sewage treatment plants is extremely shady and has been pointed out time and again by various environmental experts and NGOs. Even basic essential facilities like power back up are not available in existing plants which makes plant ineffective in case of power outages. Because of this, the 'Life Nurturing' rivers of Pune have become 'Life Threatening' drainage. This has to stop immediately.The situation of public health has been steadily deteriorating over past few decades. If the situation is not controlled now it may wreck a havoc of epidemic of untreatable diseases. Following actions are needed to be initiated urgently - 1. Audit of existing STPs by independent agency 2. Taking measures to restore effectiveness of existing STPs based on observations /recommendations 3. Installing Real time continuous monitoring systems of water quality at outlet of STPs and making data public. 4.Formation of empowered committee to fast-track installation of new STPs to achieve 100% sewage treatment in committed and time-bound manner. http://punemirror.indiatimes.com/pune/cover-story/diseases-caused-by-mula-mutha-are-untreatable/articleshow/62449938.cms मुळा मुठा नदीच्या पाण्यातील जीवाणू आणि विषाणू यासंबंधित अलीकडेच झालेल्या संशोधनातील निष्कर्ष अत्यंत गंभीर धोक्याची जाणीव करून देणारे आहेत. त्यामुळेच यावर महानगरपालिकेने युद्धपातळीवर त्वरित कृती करण्याची गरज आहे. या संशोधनातील निष्कर्षानुसार मुळा मुठा नदीच्या पाण्यातील धोकादायक सूक्ष्मजंतू हे कोणत्याही प्रजैविकांनाही (Anti-Biotics) दाद देत नाहीत असे दिसून आले आहे. त्यामुळे त्यांच्यापासून होणाऱ्या आजारांवर कोणतेही औषध उपयोगी पडणार नाही. सर्व पुणेकर नागरिकांच्या दृष्टीने हि अत्यंत गंभीर बाब आहे आणि यावर त्वरित कृती होण्याची आवश्यकता आहे. अनेक वर्षे प्रतिदिन प्रक्रिया न करता नदीत सोडले जाणारे मैलापाणी हे मूलतः या परिस्थितीला कारणीभूत आहे. शहरातील मलनिस्सारण प्रक्रिया केंद्रांची क्षमता हि गरजेपेक्षा अत्यंत तोकडी (पाहिजे त्याच्या फक्त ६०- ७०%) आहे हि बाब अनेकदा समोर आली आहे. शहराच्या वरवरच्या दिखाऊ सुशोभीकरणासाठी होणारे खर्च टाळून प्राधान्यक्रमाने मनपाचे बजेट या मैलापाणी शुद्धीकरणाच्या प्रकल्पांवर खर्च होणे गरजेचे आहे. सध्या अस्तित्वात असलेल्या प्रक्रिया केंद्रांचा अनुभवही काही चांगल नाही हे वास्तव या क्षेत्रातील तज्ञ आणि स्वयंसेवी संस्थांनी अनेकदा अधोरेखित केले आहे. या केंद्रांना अखंडित वीजपुरवठ्यासारखी अत्यंत मुलभूत सोयही नाही. यामुळे काही तास वीजपुरवठा खंडित झाला तर त्या दिवशी कोणतीही प्रक्रिया न करताच मैलापाणी नदीत तसेच सोडून देण्याशिवाय पर्याय नसतो. या परिस्थितीमुळे पुण्याच्या ‘जीवनदायिनी’ असलेल्या नद्या या पुणेकरांसाठी अत्यंत धोकादायक नाले बनल्या आहेत. हे तातडीने थांवण्याची गरज आहे. गेल्या ३-४ दशकांमध्ये पुण्यातील सार्वजनिक आरोग्य अधिकाधिक ढासळत गेलेलं दिसत आहे. या परिस्थितीवर आता नियंत्रण आणले नाही तर आपल्या शहरात असाध्य रोगांच्या साथीचे थैमान येऊ शकते! हि परिस्थिती टाळण्यासाठी खालील कृती त्वरेने घडणे अत्यावश्यक आहे- १. सध्याच्या प्रक्रिया केंद्रांचे निष्पक्ष तज्ञांकडून परीक्षण करून घेणे २. या परीक्षणातील निरीक्षणे आणि निष्कर्षांवर आधारित त्यांची कार्यक्षमता सुधारण्यासाठी त्वरित उपाययोजना करणे ३. या केंद्रांमधून प्रक्रिया होऊन बाहेर पडणाऱ्या पाण्याची गुणवत्ता तपासणारी आणि देखरेख करणारी स्वयंचलित यंत्रणा राबवणे आणि हि माहिती नागरिकांना खुली करणे. ४. १००% मैलापाण्यावर प्रक्रिया करण्यासाठी नवीन प्रक्रिया केंद्रे उभारण्याची योजना कालबद्ध पद्धतीने पूर्ण होण्यासाठी उच्चस्तरीय आणि निर्णयक्षम समितीची स्थापना करणे. http://punemirror.indiatimes.com/pune/cover-story/diseases-caused-by-mula-mutha-are-untreatable/articleshow/62449938.cms
Petition to Government Of Karnataka
Misuse of Koramangala SWD, Please stop allowing sewage to flow openly in Storm Water Drain
Koramangala SWD was created to allow the flow of storm water from South East Bangalore into Bellandur lake. But unfortunately it is being misused by allowing the flow of sewage openly into SWD. It is being going on from past 2 decades. It is the main polluting source of the bangalore Biggest lake- Bellandur Lake. Open flow of sewage in SWD which is flowing through Major residential layouts is creating a major health Hazards to residents. We request Government of Karnataka to take concrete steps to avert flow of sewage into SWD and save the Bellandur lake and environment.