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The Story of the Vasant Kunj Mahipalpur Ridge For Youthreach by Natural Heritage First. Delhi; a city defined by its river and ridge. The Ridge goes back 2 billion years! The river and the country go back only about a 100 million years.

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The Story of the Vasant Kunj Mahipalpur Ridge

For Youthreach

by Natural Heritage First


Delhi; a city defined by its river and ridge.

The Ridge goes back 2 billion years!

The river and the country go back only about a 100 million years.

Built heritage started just a little later, a little over 2000 years ago.


Water SanctuaryThe Vasant Kunj community ground water reserveWe have about 7 sq km of quartzite lain Arravali ridge, which according to the CGWA recharges as much as 85% of the rainwater. Delhi’s average annual rainfall is 60cm. If we consider even 30 cm recharge in this special area, we find this 7sq km will recharge , 2 billion litres in a year. This water is unpolluted and high quality drinking water. If we sell this as bottled water at the prevailing rate of Rs 10 per bottle it means that this resource values at 2000 crores per year!


What you may not know 1 natural heritage resourcevalue water sanctuary

What you may not know1. Natural Heritage& ResourceValue: Water Sanctuary


#This land is my land, This land is your land

2. Natural Justice

The DDA Grand Sale

25 hectares of Vasant Kunj Mall =250000sqmeter

Residential = Rs 3 lakhs/sq yd, Commercial > 6 lakhs/sq yd

Land Value of VK Mall = 25 hectares > 20, 000 crores

DDA Sold for 1100 cores

IS THIS A SALE OR A SCAM

And the MOEF and S. C. says substantial investment of 300 crores has been made so we can only compromise

! ?


The Army Nowdeclares war on 3.25 sq km of Ridge1.2004 Directed to stop cutting forest and construction by CEC2.Consummation – Married housing Deposed in Supreme Court to say it has constructed 4% BUT has built 50%between 2004 and now3. Titles affidavit ‘ Construction on Vasant Kunj ridge but does not accept it is ridge4. 2006 Kills “ Little Bharatpur” and at this moment carving THE GASH : excavating a huge conduit in Mahipalpur’s 1000 year old forest


The Supreme CourtThe CEC, its own expert committee on Forests and Environment in March 2004 directs MOEF and Delhi Government to ensure to cutting of forest or construction take place and in July 2004 that the whole area be made a National Park No construction till this time. Construction starts shyly later2006 The SC agrees with the MOEF expert Committee that the entire land is ridge , vital water recharge area and environmentally unsound for any construction and in contravention of the Masterplan and without any mandatory environmental clearances so illegal.But now that some construction has taken place only compromise is possible


The Authorities that have turned a blind eyeThe Ministry of Environment and ForestsThe Ministry of Urban Development Jaipal ReddyThe Lt. GovernorThe Delhi Government


OVER TO YOU1. Write to Chief Justice to Review2.Write to President, PM, CM..3. Future Generations Schools and Colleges4. Push NDTV, CNN, ZEE, BBC, AAJ TAK…Email [email protected][email protected]@gmail.comSite on the Net: Natural Heritage First


  • Quality of life: From Natural Heritage

  • The Ridge, forest and the river must be protected because:

  • # Delhi needs a ridge:

  • It provides a barrier against the approaching desert around Delhi.

  • # Delhi needs forest:

  • Clears the air, converts exhaust fumes to O2. Critical for the health of Delhi’s citizens - infant asthma has become endemic.

  • Needs natural and recreational areas away from the chaos of traffic, where one can take walks, ride a cycle, climb trees, etc.

  • # Delhi needs quality water- desperately!

  • 1.Comes naturally from the ridge forest.


  • # Planning cities:

  • Cities today are deprived of essential natural heritage because preservation of natural heritage/environment has not been implemented into the planning process.

  • We need a citizens participatory local planning process.

  • The ridge and river are sacred in Delhi’s master plan which, however, is observed more in its violation and not its spirit.

  • P.S.-

  • A forest requires no maintenance, unlike parks that need lots of water and constant care. Besides, it gives water and oxygen for free.

  • A forest is a provider whereas a park is a consumer.


Movements to conserve are scattered, we need to combine energies to become stronger and more effective. Instead of working individually, lets become one force combating the problems that we face everyday.


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