Delhi Commonwealth Games problems

APPEAL to stop Commonwealth Games Construction on Yamuna

This comes to you from Delhi Greens.

The Yamuna River exists on an ecologically sensitive floodplain which supplies much of Delhi’s drinking water. As Delhi urbanizes and its population quickly grows, water resources are becoming increasingly inadequate. Freshwater is already a scarce commodity in Delhi and further construction on the floodplains will only exacerbate the water crisis. Development along riverbanks has occurred in other cities, however construction on a monsoon-fed and flood-prone river such as the Yamuna will be fatal. It is crucial to save the floodplain to maintain the integrity of the river and ensure we have sufficient water.

Save YamunaWhile the Yamuna floodplains act as a buffer preventing water from flooding outside of the riverbed, studies have consistently predicted that construction of permanent structures on the Yamuna floodplain will have disastrous consequences such as floods, decrease in water discharge capacity, and reduction in water availability.

With this at the backdrop and with four supporting documents from some of the world’s best institutes, Swechha – We for Yamuna urges concerned citizens of Delhi and fellow countrywo/men to help in its efforts to Save the Yamuna and sign the petition opposing construction of the Commonwealth Games Village on the Yamuna.

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11 Responses to Delhi Commonwealth Games problems

  1. earthpal says:

    I’ve signed.

    Good article Matt.

  2. matt says:

    Yes it is interesting to know what is happening in Delhi. These ‘games’ development organisations seem to like choosing (cheap) marginal land to build on and that appears to fit river deltas/valleys. The same is happening with the Olympics in London.

  3. earthpal says:

    Yes, too ture Matty.

    Re. the London Olympics, I’ve just been looking up the latest news on the Manor Garden allotments campaign that the Coffee house highlighted a while ago. There doesn’t seem to be an (ahem) up-to-date update. 🙂

  4. earthpal says:

    That’s the wrong smiley face! It was supposed to be a grimace at the bad joke.

  5. matt says:

    That could well be your first investigative piece. 😉

  6. earthpal says:

    Oh Lordy! I’ve dropped myself in it now! Lol.

    Seriously though, I will see what I can find out and if there’s anything worth writing about, I will do so.

  7. matt says:

    And I’ll let you know if I find anything out too. They really shouldn’t be moving those allotments that have been there for decades just for a 2 week event. Now you’re getting me going … 🙂

  8. Govind says:

    Hm…interesting read up there in the comments!

    Updates on the Yamuna front: The High Court (where, an NGO has filed a petition) did a site-visit with the lawyers, etc. Apparently, the Village (already being constructed day/night) will be made…so now we have to make sure that its brought down once the games are over (a crazy idea…but the developers did use it themselves initially, to get the clearances)…and that the floodplain does not become real estate.

    @matt: thanks for postin it here!

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  10. matt says:

    Put up houses … then take them down. Yes that is crazy … and possibly not believeable?

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