Sustainable Chhattisgarh – An overview
Chhattisgarh is a state in central India. It is the 10th largest state in India, with an area of 135,194 km2 (52,199 sq mi). With a population of 28 million, Chhattisgarh is the 17th most-populated state of the nation. It is a source of electricity and steel for India, accounting for 15% of the total steel produced in the country. Chhattisgarh is one of the fastest-developing states in India. ( Source : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chhattisgarh )
Sustainable Chhattisgarh is a conservation ,analytical and research based survey campaign as well as sustainable execution plan for entire Chhattisgarh.
Purpose : To know the current scenario , living standard, environmental and social issues in urban and rural areas of Chhattisgarh.
PHASE ONE – RAIPUR & SIRPUR
A conservation initiative, Sustainable Chhattisgarh, will be initiated to achieve certain sustainable goals. It is an awareness drive about the environmental causes as well as their solution.
Its a series of conservation initiatives to connect the social and moral responsibility of an individual towards the country and society, with a vision of generating awareness and awakening the young and zestful people who believes in challenging themselves, its an initiative to minimize the pollution by generating awareness in public as well develops an erg towards protecting mother nature
Research & Survey
(May 2016) Team Sustainable Living conducted a state level survey cum awareness drive wherein our program co ordinator Mrinal Gajbhiye covered entire Chhattisgarh state in his MTB cycle with two fold objective – public awareness towards adaptation of sustainable practice and a survey of entire region to understand current scenario related to social and environmental issues & developments. It was a 2 month long campaign in which he covered 27 district paddling more than 2000 kms.
On the basis of his preliminary survey report initially we decided to cover 2 district of Chhattisgarh (Raipur & Mahasamund) as our Pilot project for selected sustainable goals.
We have noticed that in this region air pollution, water scarcity, and waste management are the crucial issues.
Pilot projects : To start with, SSD has decided to concentrate on two major districts of Chhattisgarh:
– Raipur, and
Raipur is urban and Mahamsamund is very rural with many villages under this district along with Sirpur which has great potential for eco tourism.
WHY Raipur?: Raipur is the capital city of Chhattisgarh, Industrial revolution can be seen here, A business hub famous for its wholesale cloth and jewellery markets, surrounded by many large and small scale power and steel industries.
TOP listing in world pollution INDEX : According to WHO from more than 12 Years, Raipur is in world’s most polluted city in the world.
Air pollution: PM2.5 and PM10 crosses its safety level by more than 20 times making city hazardous for living. People are getting affected by long and short respiratory disorders and even cancer.
Water situation: With no planning for water harvesting, the underground water level is getting down drastically, continuous supply of industrial , personal and medical waste had made water poisonous to drink, water scarcity and water pollution are the major issue in Raipur
Waste problem : Likewise other major cities of India waste management is another big problem in Raipur. People having no idea about waste segregation system, although supreme court has given verdict on dry and wet waste management, people are not much aware nor concern because of negligence.
WHY Mahasamund? : District comprises of many villages along with Sirpur, a historical ancient village with great potential for developing sustainable tourism. Here as well water and waste management are the major issue.
Project accomplishment milestones have been designed to achieve project objectives in a defined timeline. To start with Raipur city has been divided in 4 zones. In first 6 months zone A will be targeted for implementing conservation initiatives. The area consists of high class societies as well underprivileged colonies. Later area of execution will be increased as required within timeline.
The entire campaign is designed with two fold objective “
- Create public awareness towards conservation
- To provide solution for the issues (includes www.sustainableliving.co.in )
- Air Pollution
- Water scarcity & availability
- Crop rotations
- Waste management
- Sustainable Practices
- Indoor / outdoor Waste management
- Rain water harvesting
- Drip irrigation for sustainable farming
- Low cost water purifying system & distribution
- Water quality and level test
- Air quality test
- On ground environmental issues and problems
- Har Ghar tulsi abhiyaan (Air pollution)
- Jal Daan abhiyaan (water management)
- Waste to gold abhiyaan (waste management)
- Har khet 5 ped abhiyaan (global warming & soil management)
- Har tube well pe ek recharge well abhiyaan (water management)