• Make Bangalore (solar) lit!
    BBMP is planning to convert around 4.8 lakh existing street lights in Bengaluru with LED bulbs. With this move the civic body aims to reduce the expenditure on electricity. BBMP spends around 240 crore rupees towards electricity bill of the street lights and its maintenance each year. If all areas of the BBMP are covered and the lights are fully functional then this cost may go up as high as Rs 330 crore a month. So the decision to swap street lights with LED bulbs will reduce capital investment and monthly expenses to power the street lights. While this is a good move, if the street lights are converted to Solar LED street lights, then this would be an environmentally-friendly option. Advantages of Solar LED street light : Solar LED street lights are a better investment than conventional street lights if the capital as well as operational and maintenance costs are considered. Modern solar street lights come with their own advantages -- Battery management which is facilitated by the presence of night and motion sensors. The light operates at average lumens brightness during the first 5 hours and then reduces the intensity of light till dawn. If the PIR sensor is activated by human movement then the lights adjust its brightness to high. This smart feature of the solar LED light makes it very energy efficient and cost effective. Compared to the conventional solar street lights solar LED lights have less maintenance and operational cost. Absence of external wires makes it safe against accidents like electrocution. Irrespective of Power cuts and grid failures these operate throughout the night . As BBMP gets set to convert the existing street lights to LED, why not switch to a more environmentally friendly option? It’ll also be a step closer in making Bangalore sustainable. Sign this petition asking the Commissioner of BBMP to switch to Solar LED street lights. Sources : https://www.bioenergyconsult.com/solar-street-lights/ https://bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com/bangalore/others/commissioner-plans-to-revive-led-light-project/articleshow/78739634.cms#:~:text=The%20civic%20body%20spends%20Rs,of%20the%20BBMP%20are%20covered.
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  • Say no the Bangalore-Chennai Express Highway
    With multiple infrastructure projects being cleared during times of Covid, taking advantage of the lockdown, we have another one to add to the list! -- The Bangalore - Chennai Expressway. The official numbers suggest that in the first phase of the Bangalore-Chennai Expressway 20,748 trees in Karnataka will be cut down.Through the earlier reports suggest cutting down of more than one lakh trees. According to the environmental impact assessment (EIA) report of the project, the first phase covers 71 km of the total 330 km length of the expressway, stretching from the edge of Bengaluru to Bethamangala near Mulbagal in Kolar district. The biggest loss of trees is in the dry region of Kolar, where 16,049 trees, including 9,805 horticulture trees, are located in the 'right of way' (ROW) of the road. Neighbouring Bengaluru Rural district is set to lose 4,699 trees, including 2,837 horticultural trees. In an earlier version of the EIA published in 2019, it was estimated that 22,505 trees in Kolar and 4,699 trees in Bengaluru Rural district would be culled to make way for the expressway. This included tree species like Ashoka, neem, silver oak, hebbevu, teak, gobbali, honge, acasia, nelli and more. The EIA also mentioned that the primary tree species to be cut will be eucalyptus trees. Phase 1 of the project also covers 72 villages, and over 5,000 families will be affected by the acquisition of the 1,890 acres of land needed for the construction of the expressway. Apart from the first phase of the project focused in the Karnataka limits of the expressway, it will also see further trees cut in Tamil Nadu. The project will also build a route to Kolar Gold Fields in Kolar district. Earlier this year, a draft EIA report stated that the peripheral ring road project in Bengaluru will lead to the removal of over 33,000 trees as opposed to removal of only 200-500 trees. The BDA had argued erroneously for over four years that the environmental damage due to the project was minimal. The earlier EIA report suggested cutting down more than one lakh trees but the new official numbers suggest close to 20,000 trees being cut for the project. This may be another one of those projects where impact has not truly been estimated. In current times, when we are seeing the distratous impact of rising air pollution,our governments need to rethink their priorities and reconsider decisions to go forth with large scale infrastructure projects that are going to have severe impact on the environment.
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  • More Bus priority lanes for Bengaluru.
    What’s a bus priority lane? It’s a lane or multiple lanes dedicated to buses aimed at reducing congestion and increasing speed of buses. They may be long, continuous networks, or short segments used to allow buses to bypass bottlenecks . In November 2019, BMTC conducted the first pilot for bus priority lanes around Outer Ring Road in Bengaluru. It’s a project supported by the BBMP, Bengaluru Traffic police, BESCOM and DULT. The idea behind bus lanes is to ensure priority access over private transport, especially two-wheelers, and in the process motivate people to ditch their own vehicles. This, in turn, is expected to reduce overall congestion, which is extremely needed in a city like Bengaluru. In February 2020, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) began installing physical barriers like plastic bollards and sand-filled crash barriers to tackle the issue of non-compliance of lane discipline. These are definitely positive moves by government agencies towards giving public mobility the boost that it needs. However, a year after the success of the Bus Priority Lanes pilot, we are yet to see work on the remaining 11 stretches. Of the proposed 11 corridors, 7 do not even require any kind of road widening. As the economy limps back to normalcy and lower traffic volume now, it’s perfect timing for the BMTC to restart work again on the remaining Bus priority lanes. Sign this petition to hold them accountable to their promise. Bengaluru needs a robust bus transport system. Sources: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/soon-dedicated-bus-lanes-in-12-corridors-1st-phase-from-november-1/articleshow/71368195.cms https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/two-weeks-launch-bus-priority-lane-bengaluru-shows-signs-success-113543 https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Bengaluru/bus-priority-lane-starts-getting-physical-barriers/article30916658.ece
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  • Say No To Pharma City in Hyderabad, Telangana
    * Hyderabad Pharma city: A proposal to set up a cluster of more than 1,500 water-guzzling, red category pharmaceutical industries, one adjacent to the other. * Aimed to be established in 19,333 acres of fertile agricultural zone covering 12 panchayats and their hamlets, the proposed Project area is surrounded by 13 reserve forests containing endangered species like leopards… * The area is known for paddy, fresh vegetables, flowers, fruits and dairy supplying majorly to Hyderabad region. * Needless to say, Pharma City is a disaster in making which will cause enormous ecological damage, destruction of thousands of rural livelihoods, loss of biodiversity, loss of food security and damage to health of future generations. * Telangana government is hard-selling the Hyderabad Pharma city by claiming zero liquid discharge (ZLD) technology. * But experience tells us that ZLD is a euphemism for effluent pumping into injection wells, rogue dumping by effluent tankers and secret pipelines. * Telangana and Hyderabad for decades have been facing pollution from Pharma industries with places like Patancheru becoming famous as the World’s most Polluted places. * Locals have been opposing the Pharma City project because of its potential to destroy local natural resources, including agricultural lands, forests, groundwater, tanks and lakes and a major loss of livelihoods. * The project will not just impact the 12 villages but will cause ecological destruction for the entire region including the city of Hyderabad impacting health and lives of millions of people. * The permissions for the project were brought in without the consent of the local people, by scuttling the Public hearing process successfully and by submitting falsified data and information to the Central Government. * Land for the project is being taken by force putting aside all legal procedures. * Officials are resorting to blackmail to acquire farmlands. * And the local farmers opposing the project were arrested in the middle of the night and still not given bail. * Hence this Petition. For more information please visit https://saynotopharmacity.wordpress.com/
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  • Save Anjaneri
    Scroll down for English Summary of the petition. अंजनेरी - नाशिकच्या जैवविविधतेच्या वैभवाचं एक जिवंत हिरवं उदाहरण. जानेवारी 2017 मध्ये महाराष्ट्र सरकारने अंजनेरी टेकडीला संवर्धन राखीव घोषित केले. यामागचा उद्देश होता अंजनेरी पर्वतावर आढळणाऱ्या डोंगराच्या कपारींमध्ये घरटी करणाऱ्या गिधाडांसोबतच १०५ पक्ष्यांच्या प्रजातींचं, लालमुखी माकड आणि वाघाटी सारख्या दुर्मिळ वन्यजीवांसोबतच कंदीलपुष्प सारख्या दुर्मिळ फुलांचं संरक्षण आणि संवर्धन व्हावं. याचा चांगला परिणाम मागच्या तीन वर्षात पहायला मिळाला. वनविभागाने स्थानिकांना हाताशी घेऊन कुऱ्हाडबंदी, चराईबंदी, शिकारबंदीची प्रभावी अंबलबजावणी या तीन वर्षात केली. ग्रामस्थांना एकत्र करून संयुक्त वनव्यवस्थापन समिती स्थापन करून वनसंवर्धनावर जोर देण्यात आला. गेल्या तीन वर्षात येथे एकही वणवा पेटला नाही हि त्याच नियोजनाची फलश्रुती. पण याच अंजनेरीवर आता पायथ्याच्या मुळेगावातून थेट माथ्यापर्यंत १४ किलोमीटरचा रस्ता नेण्याचा प्रस्ताव सार्वजनिक बांधकाम विभागाने वनविभागाला पाठवला आहे.टेकडीच्या माथ्यावर मानवी वस्ती नाही त्यामुळे स्थानिक जनतेला या रस्त्याचा फायदा नाही. या रस्त्याचा उद्देश पर्यटनविकास असा सांगितला जात आहे. पण यातून होणाऱ्या वाढत्या मानवी हस्तक्षेपामुळे डोंगरावर आढळणाऱ्या जैवविविधतेला आणि पर्यावरणाला अपरिमित हानी पोहोचू शकते. पर्यटन ही एक व्यापक घटना आहे ज्यामुळे प्लास्टिक प्रदूषण, जंगलातील आग, वनस्पती पायाखाली तुडवणे आणि संवेदनशील प्रजातींचा माहिती / संग्रह यासारखे धोके निर्माण होतात. 2015-16 मध्ये अंदाजे दीड लाख लोकांनी अंजनेरीला भेट दिली होती आणि दरवर्षी ही संख्या वाढतच चालली आहे. रस्ता बांधकाम विशेषत: घाट रस्ता हा अतिशय संवेदनशील अधिवास नष्ट करील आणि यामुळे विशेष वनस्पती आणि प्राणी धोक्यात येतील. रस्ता बांधकाम, स्फोटक वापर इत्यादींमुळे गिधाडे घरट्यांसह बऱ्याच प्रजाती ज्या अंजनेरी कडांवर रहातात त्यांच्यावर थेट परिणाम होईल. रस्ता बांधणीसाठी जंगल मोठ्या प्रमाणावर तोडली जाईल (अंदाजे 12-15 हेक्टर जो अंजनेरी संवर्धन क्षेत्राच्या 15% आहे). भूजल वर मोठ्या प्रमाणावर ताण येईल. या बदलांमुळे जमिनीखाली आढळणारे पाणी नष्ट होण्याचा धोका आहे. अंजनेरीचे कडे व त्याचे पठार हे स्थानिक समाज व जैवविविधतेसाठी अतिशय महत्वाचे अधिवास आहे. या रस्त्याच्या माध्यमातून या दोन्ही अधिवासांचे न भूतो न भविष्यती नुकसान होणार आहे. या पठारावर वाहनांच्या प्रवेशाचा परिणाम हा थेट टेकडीवरील चारा उपलब्धतेवर होईल आणि पठारावर जंगलातील आगीची शक्यता सुद्धा वाढू शकते. या सर्व संभाव्य धोक्यांची शक्यता लक्षात घेऊन, या रस्त्याच्या कामाला तात्काळ स्थगिती देण्यात यावी. Anjaneri is a living example of the rich biodiversity Nashik has been gifted with. Anjaneri cliffs support one of the largest colonies of critically endangered and Schedule I species - Long-billed Vulture in the state. The latest bird diversity records show more than 105 bird species in the area, in addition to 385 flowering plants (from 68 families) of which 114 are native to the region. But Anjaneri is now under threat! The Public Works Department has submitted a proposal to construct a 14km road from Mulegaon to the top of the hill. There is no human settlement on the hilltop so the road is not useful for locals. PWD states the road will be useful for tourism development in the region. However, increased human activity can have a severe impact on the biodiversity of Anjaneri Biodiv Reserve. For the road project, forest cover will be cleared significantly (approximately 12-15 Ha which is 15% of Anjaneri Conservation Reserve Area). Watershed will be severely destroyed due to topographic changes affecting groundwater recharge. Anjaneri Plateaus are a source of fodder for local villagers. Vehicular access to these plateaus will severely affect the fodder availability on the hill and increase chances of forest fires on the plateaus. Besides, tourism can bring larger underlying threats like plastic pollution, forest fires, severe trampling and extinction of sensitive species. Nearly 1.5 lakh people visited Anjaneri in 2015-16 and this number is increasing leaps and bounds every year. At a time when our ecosystems are under increasing threat, and climate change is a dangerous reality, we need to preserve what we have. Anjaneri is a precious resource and we cannot let it be destroyed for such “development”
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  • No AC coaches only!
    Recently, Railways Board Chairman VK Yadav declared that Indian Railways will be replacing non-AC coaches from every mail and express train. This way, “all mails and express trains in India will be AC only in future. Since every coach will be AC coach, passengers can enjoy a comfortable journey,” he said. Just this year amidst the pandemic Shramik trains ferried more than 57 lakh passengers. Most of them struggled to pay the sleeper-coach fare. This move will further marginalise the less privileged and vulnerable migrant communities across the country relying upon trains for their travel. While this move is aimed at making the journey “more comfortable”, it has failed to consider the plight of millions of people who can barely afford the sleeper coach fare and will have a significant impact on public mobility. Additionally, this would result in a significant increase in the carbon footprint given that Indian railways are recognised as one of the largest railway systems in the world with over 23 million takers. Sign the petition now to demand a rollback on the decision to make every railway long-distance mail and express train an air-conditioned one.
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  • Let's make our Hyderabad India's cycling friendly city
    The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in more and more people trying to avoid public transportation for fear of contracting the virus and like in other parts of the world, India experienced a boom in bicycle sales during the corona virus pandemic. Although most Indian cities are not bicycle-friendly, there has been a sharp increase in recreational cycling during the pandemic as people try to beat cabin fever during lockdowns, get exercise, or avoid commutes on stuffed public transport. People now feel the need for private transport more than ever. And a major section can still not afford cars, so cycling presents an opportunity like no other. India's Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry said the pandemic has presented an opportunity to make cities more accessible to pedestrians and cyclists. In a June advisory, it recommended pedestrianization of at least three markets in every city and more bicycle lanes. Given, there is a push for cycling at a national level. Let us demand our municipal corporation to take some steps in the right direction. Join the movement to make Hyderabad the most cycling friendly city of India.
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  • Let's make Pimpri-Chinchwad a CYCLING friendly city !
    The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in more and more people trying to avoid public transportation for fear of contracting the virus and like in other parts of the world, India experienced a boom in bicycle sales during the corona virus pandemic. Although most Indian cities are not bicycle-friendly, there has been a sharp increase in recreational cycling during the pandemic as people try to beat cabin fever during lock-downs, get exercise, or avoid commutes on stuffed public transport. People now feel the need for private transport more than ever. And a major section can still not afford cars, so cycling presents an opportunity like no other. Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has said the pandemic has presented an opportunity to make cities more accessible to pedestrians and cyclists. In a June advisory, it recommended pedestrianization of at least three markets in every city and more bicycle lanes. Given, there is a push for cycling at a national level. Let us demand our local civil administration to take some steps in the right direction. Sign the petition now !
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  • Jabalpur Cyclestaan
    This is a very important and crucial decision, with not only with one benifits but with millions, I am suggesting some below 1. Health benefits 2. No fuel consumption hence economic value 3. No traffic 4. No pollution caused 5. Social distancing maintained 6. Immunity booster etc.
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  • Kolkata Green : Facilitating Bicycle Commute and Restoring Bicycle Culture
    We reassert our appeal with a paean on the bicycle: Benefits of Bicycling What does cycling speak and mean A tale of serene city and verdant green Oh! It's healthy climate's next of kin And air water would ever be clean Pedaling paws help float like fish's fin Keep the rider strong, fit and lean Herald freedom from smoke and din Save the Nature, save the Man more sin All'll recall what a leafy lore life's been Ere the vehicles vomitted venoms 'n toxin Cheers! We pave the way, let the wheel spin And lo, the leaves in smile, the grasses grin.
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  • Let's make Tirunelveli an eco-friendly district- Burn fat not fuel
    First of all, cycling is good for our health and our society. It's eco friendly and reduces air pollution. Instead of a bike, everyone should use a bicycle for nearby places like shop, gym, etc. Cycling has a lot of health benefits. It's good for our heart and helps in muscle building, perfect joints, strong bones, etc.
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  • Make cycling cool in Mangaluru.
    During the bad times of this pandemic, fitness and being healthy is the utmost importance to every individual. I feel cycling is a fun and effective way to achieve the same. Of course, while cycling during these times it is important for us to maintain social distancing and take the necessary care to prevent the spread of COVID.
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