Delhi is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and finds mention even in ancient scriptures and texts. Delhi’s glory as a capital of choice by every Emperor who ruled the Indian sub-continent can be attributed to its strategic location, between the terminal end of the visible Aravalli hill ranges one two sides and River Yamuna on the third.
The Aravallis, or what we now know as the Delhi Ridge, provided protection and River Yamuna provided water which is necessary to support any kind of human settlement. Thus, the historical importance of Delhi is because of these two landscape features which are also responsible for Delhi’s socioeconomic and political influence.
Present day Delhi continues to draw water from River Yamuna to support its 16+ million population. At the same time, the Delhi Ridge now acts as the green lungs of Delhi by ensuring the purification of air through the Ridge forest located on it. Air pollution from large number of vehicles in Delhi is already a big problem. Any reduction or degradation of the Delhi Ridge will only make the situation worse.
The Delhi Ridge and River Yamuna are therefore the two lifelines of Delhi which support the health and productivity of each and every citizen of Delhi. Despite this, there is tremendous pressure on these two lifelines which now face a threat due to rapid urban development taking place in Delhi. Already, parts of River Yamuna in Delhi have become a drain and the Ridge is being encroached and degraded.
Delhi Greens works to raise awareness among the citizens of Delhi (right from school till workplaces) on the importance of the Delhi Ridge and River Yamuna for their survival. We are also working to involve the citizens, Government and all stakeholders to ensure the protection and preservation of the Delhi Ridge and River Yamuna.