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How to Clean the Yamuna

While the Delhi government has been debating on what needs to be done to clean the river, the pollution levels have only worsened.

In its book Sewage Canal: How to Clean the Yamuna, published in 2007, the Centre for Science and Environment reported that the Delhi stretch of the river is not only dead but had an overload of coliform contamination. Two years later, the pollution data shows no respite to the river.

The 22-km stretch of the Yamuna, which is barely 2 per cent of the length of the river basin, continues to contribute over 80 per cent of the pollution load in the entire stretch of the river. There is also no water in the river for virtually nine months. Delhi, impounds water at the barrage constructed at Wazirabad where the river enters Delhi. What flows in the river subsequently is only sewage and waste from Delhi’s 22 drains. In other words, the river ceases to exist at Wazirabad. 

This also means that there is just no water available to dilute the waste. The issue of a basic minimum flow in the river has been discussed time and again, but with water becoming more and more scare and contested, Delhi’s upstream neighbours are reluctant to release water. Delhi itself is water greedy and sucks up each  drop that is released as its share. The river is then reduced to a drain for the filth and waste of the city’s inhabitants.

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While the Delhi government has been debating on what needs to be done to clean the river, the pollution levels have only worsened. 
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Green Schools Teachers' Training Programme

Date: July 22 - 23,  2010

The Green Schools Programme is an ‘inspection’ or ‘survey’ of the school done by its students on its environmental practices (which we call environmental auditing) under the supervision of teachers.

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Date: April 29 – 30, 2010
 
Training for teachers on use of the Green Schools Programme manual for environment education.

Kolkata City Dialogue on Air Quality and Transportation Challenge: An Agenda for Action

Kolkata, March 16, 2011
New Delhi-based Center for Science and Environment (CSE) invites you to a day-long city dialogue on ‘Air Quality and Transportation Challenge: An Agenda for Action’. CSE’s clean air and urban mobility team is organising this dialogue in collaboration with the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA).

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 Date: March 16, 2011

Researchers to work on Industry and Environment

Centre for Science and Environment requires researchers to work on industry and environment.

CSE’s First Country Media Briefing on the Challenge of Urban Air Quality and Mobility Management

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), New Delhi, and Forum of Environmental Journalists of Bangladesh (FEJB), Dhaka, organised a Media Briefing on the Challenge of Urban Air Quality and Mobility Management. The details of the briefing are as under:
 

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Date: January 22, 2011
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Lakes in Courts: Cases on Protection of Lakes

Every Indian city, worth its salt, was known by its water body. In fact, localities were named after this wealth. It made the city, because, people understood the connection between these structures built to harvest rain and their drinking water.

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