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Jayati Godhawat

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This Ecological Engineer’s Initiative, ‘Adopt An Island’ Will Make Delhi Water Bodies Pollution-Free

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  •  November 17, 2016


Everyone’s is talking about Delhi pollution, but only a few are actually doing something about it. One of these few, is a British Dutch Indian environmental engineer, Tarun Sebastian Nanda who has come up with an innovative way to make the water bodies in Delhi, pollution-free.

The environmental engineer is trying to get rid of the pollutants in the water bodies through his initiative, ‘Adopt an Island.’

Tarun explained that he wants to involve people in this initiative. He said in an interview with The Better India:

I only want to spread the idea and the concept. I’ll provide all the training that’s required, and then people can take it forward from there. They should form groups, build floating wetlands on their own and install them in water bodies in their area. They should take responsibility for the little maintenance that will be required. It’s not difficult at all. The floating wetlands take less than a day to make, and it’s also possible to make them off-site and simply carry them to where you want to place them.”

Six years ago, Tarun moved to India from England and had been working in the field of environmental engineering, since then. He has undertaken various consultancy projects to create floating and constructed wetlands. To promote the greater use of solar power, Tarun has also designed LED light fixtures from bamboo, cork, and other natural materials.

Unfortunately, Tarun has been struggling to get official permission to install floating wetlands in the water bodies in Delhi.

 “I have been trying for so long now. All that happens is a meeting is set up. Nothing happens further. I am starting to get a feeling that they don’t want this to happen,” said Tarun.

However, Tarun has decided to move on with his plan without the permission of the Government, for the greater good of the society.

 “So I don’t have the permission, but according to the constitution, Article 48A talks about protection and improvement and safeguarding of forests and wildlife. It says that the State shall endeavor to protect and improve the environment and to safeguard the forests and wildlife of the country. Also, under the fundamental duties (Article 51-A) of a citizen, it says that it shall be the duty of every citizen of India – (g) to protect and improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wildlife, and to have compassion for living creatures. So I am just doing my duty,” says Tarun.

Tarun has already conducted one workshop at the Antisocial situated in the Hauz Khas village and plans to conduct more such workshops so as to train and encourage more people to build floating wetlands which shall naturally purify the water bodies.

JWB lauds Tarun’s efforts towards conservation of the environment and wishes him all the luck for the success of his noble initiative.

P.S. You can know more about Tarun Sebastian Nanda’s work, .

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