New Delhi - The State of the Green City

In the capital of India, Moghul monuments meet British architectural rationalism. An immense megalopolis formed by two very diverse cities. Old Delhi has its colorful bazaars and New Delhi is the modern and verdant center of power.

Delhi was already a green city when the British occupied India. They wanted to make the capital of the Indian empire a haven of greenery. But, Indian economic development threatens the ecological balance of New Delhi. Today, in the literal sense of the word, New Delhi is a green city.

The landscape of the capital has changed over the past fifteen years. The trees that line each road of Delhi and the many parks allow the city to breathe. Vegetation occupies about one-fifth of the territory of Delhi. Between 2001 and 2017 the city has gained more than 15,000 hectares of greenery.

Thus, it is possible to see real forests in the heart of Delhi. In Sanjay Van, the wildlife has an urban home. Any construction is not allowed in these forests since 1996.

To cut down a tree in the capital, it is necessary to ask the Delhi Forest Department. Above all one have to get the consent of those who live around. It is necessary to pay the equal of replanting 10 trees. This explains why there are still a lot of trees along the streets of Delhi. It may even happen that a tree has grown in the middle of a road without getting cut down!



Individual vehicles account for the largest share of particulate matter emissions. CNG has helped a lot in curbing vehicular pollution in Delhi.

Waste represents a growing health and environmental hazard. The treatment of waste has got more organized through the municipality. There are incinerators dedicated to sorting waste that is then recycled. Thanks to those, these recyclers also contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases.

The battery operated vehicles are a non-polluting and environment-friendly mode of transport. It is also one of the cheapest means of transport. We can reach from one point to another, local markets, train stations and bus terminals. It allows us to travel short distances through narrow lanes inaccessible by cars.

The new and efficient Delhi Metro has also gone a long way to curb pollution. It also helps us in visiting places much more faster than in the past. There are also solar panels that power lights, fans and display systems inside trains.

In recent years we have also seen improvements through a sustained anti-firecracker campaign. The appeals for a more environment-friendly Green Diwali is working. As a result, this festival now makes breathing a little easy throughout the city.

We have seen initiatives that attest to an emerging ecological awareness. Of course, there is still a long way to go. The development process has to integrate with the environment. The local communities have to be at the center of the decision mechanisms.

A moderate transition is underway with a close relationship between ecology and culture. People are realizing more about their ancestral way of life. The young generation has an inherent respect for nature and biodiversity. It is a valuable example for the future development of a model of development. We have to be more respectful of nature by better sharing of resources and knowledge.

The temptations may be great. Be attentive to the beauty of each day, every new morning, to this prodigious world. It is a wonderful world with nature, and with all the living beings of this earth. What is our relationship with all this - with trees, birds, with all the living things we call nature? Are we not part of it all? Are we not the environment? Real reforms do not begin outside of oneself.

New Delhi - The State of the Green City

  1. It is great that New Delhi is taking these steps to protect the environment for future generations. It is such a necessary thing I hope other countries follow suit.

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  2. Its great to read someone write about my hometown! New Delhi really needs to take steps to protect the environment, it is one of the most polluted cities in the world and there's so much disease and infection going around because of that. It's high time they took major steps! Thanks for sharing this article.

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  3. Great example New Delhi is taking to set an example for the rest of the world. I hope others follow.

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  4. Wonderful to hear they have rules like that to protect the environment. Never been there but that's so great!

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  5. Such great rules. Would love to visit New Delhi.

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  6. It seems like we need to be aware of our environment more than ever. That is so wonderful New Delhi is taking these efforts.

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  7. It's great that New Delhi is taking the steps to be more green/eco-friendly. I wish all countries would do this. The world would be much better off!

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  8. Never been to India, but this is amazing that Ne Delhi is doing something for future generations. We hear so much about pollutions that are killing us, so this is really good for people in New Delhi that one day they will live in a more green environment :)

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    Kasia Walkow

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  9. Hopefully the rest of the world will follow in New Delhi's footsteps!

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  10. A lot of countries should follow New Dehli's example. Good to know they are doing things to protect the environment.

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  11. Glad that New delhi is doing it. It will be a long term investmebt for their future generations. Being a Green City is remarkable.

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  12. I love your final thought here, and it is so true for all countries and cities around the world. We really do need to be the change that we want to see in the world, as trite as that sounds.

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  13. Wow this is such an amazing initiative to actually ask the authorities if they could cut the trees down! I really really do wish that an initiative like this can be applied in Pakistan as well!

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  14. I really enjoyed learning a little bit about New Delhi, great post!

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  15. Great initiative. So great they are doing there bit to protect the environment

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  16. I'm so glad to hear that there is a place where precautions are taken to lessen the damage done on this earth. We seem to forget that the planet is our home and just like the building we live in, it too needs a little TLC.

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  17. I think it's great that New Delhi is trying to be more aware of the environment and eco friendly. I'm so worried about the state that our world is in today. I get nervous whenever I walk down the street in my own city and see how many cars on the road are polluting our air, not to mention other ways we hurt our world. It's scary.

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  18. I've never been there, but the idea and the rules are really great :)

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  19. This is a new news to me and i never been there , wish i could visit there one day

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