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 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!
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
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.