Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Delhi Ridge site launched by Toxics Link

Delhi Ridge


The capital city of Delhi is spread around a dry deciduous forestland known
as Delhi Ridge, which is a part of the Aravalli hills, one of the oldest
mountain systems in the world. This small forest tract remain the 'green
lung' for more than 12 million people of Delhi and has a crucial role in
pollution absorption, groundwater recharge and amelioration of environment.
It is the only natural forest in Delhi and boasts a wide variety of plant,
animal, bird and insect species.
The inability of Government's agencies  to keep the area from being used for
developmental purposes as well as lack of awareness of local communities
have degraded the ecological balance of the Ridge. A large portion of it is
unprotected and malls, hotels, etc. have come up in the area often without
the required environmental clearances. Active mining in the adjacent areas
have modified the landscape. Habitations along the fringes of the Ridge have
also exerted pressure on the biodiversity of the area.
The battle to save the Delhi Ridge and its forests is an ongoing one. As the
Geological Survey of India puts it 'the Ridge must be maintained in its
pristine glory and no further infringements are permitted'.
This web-section documents the significance of Delhi Ridge   for the people
of Delhi, the problems   affecting its survival and the concerted effort of
the policy makers, civil society and the citizens of Delhi to restore its
pristine glory through policies and campaigns.

Toxics Link
H2, Jungpura Extension
New Delhi - 110014
Tel: +91-(11)-24328006, 24320711


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