Thursday, 18 April 2013

Dehradun – Is Green Turning Into Gray?

Dehradun is a dream city – at least I think so. But will it remain so after 10 years? Well, I have no intention of promoting the city. My idea behind writing this piece is to share my views about preserving it as a green city.

To begin with, it’s surrounded beautifully by mountains, valleys and forests. Although it’s not exactly a tourist place, it has several nice places to visit, good eating joints and short distances. Over the years, the city has seen many developments also. But can we ignore the repercussions? Is it still the same Doon valley that it used to be?
   

I have a special fondness for the city because I have spent my childhood here. I still have impressions of my carefree days at Rajpur Road, my school, clock tower and Clement Town. The city seemed to have the best of both the worlds – simple hill town charm with sophisticated and educated people. Then we had Mussoorie for our weekends at just an hour’s drive.

It was all so pleasant and easy on eyes – a city so green, clean and refreshing with so much of walking space, so much to look around and feel good about. Well, it is still not ruined, but is heading towards being a crowded and a polluted city. When I visited it after a long time, I was taken aback and heartbroken to see it layered with pollution and vehicles knocking into each other crazily.

Botanical garden at Forest Research Institute

Although I was happy to see so many new shops on Rajpur Road, I missed the element of simplicity and peace. I am not saying that it has lost its beauty completely. It is still a charming city with its own ambiance. However, isn't it sad that a green city, which could have smugly reigned in its uniqueness, is following the footsteps of metropolitan cities and losing its own identity? Isn't over-commercialization taking away the essence of such places? Why kill the joy of strolling on the road without a care? Why everybody has to join the race?

Some of the residential areas, still, are quite green; Vasant Vihar is one such place with many trees and tea gardens around. Forest Research Institute is like a haven for rejuvenation. Rajpur is an area, a little away from the city, which is so marvelously beautiful. I hope that remains so.


All I am trying to say is that there is no dearth of green spaces in the city. Greenery is the quintessential trademark of Dehradun. It's a renowned legacy, which should not be overshadowed by commercialization.
  
Tea Garden

Do you know about a beautiful city, which is being spoiled by pollution and commercialization? Do share your views in the comments section.

14 comments:

  1. I agree with you completely. Being my birth place i too feel sad for the place at times. I hope it stays green forever. Expressed perfectly!!

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    1. I hope Uttarakhand Govt. does something to preserve Dehradun's greenery and stop commercialization.

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  2. Yes. It is sad to see Forest becoming Concrete Jungles.. One more similar example in south is OOTY(Tamil Nadu)

    Dilip Kumar,Bangalore

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    1. I agree. I found Ooty so green yet so polluted!

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  3. I visited Dehradun many times in the 90's . Still remember the busy 'mandis' & green outskirts. While going to Raipur Road there was a stretch with lot of air pollution. Still your photograph hold some promise for the city.

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    1. Well, my pictures haven't captured the polluted area. The city is under serious trouble. It needs to be preserved.

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  4. Looks so green and beautiful. Hopefully it will remain the same in the years to come. Interesting post Renuka.

    http://rajniranjandas.blogspot.in/2013/04/the-valley-view.html

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    1. Yes it is beautiful, hope people are more responsible.

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  5. I have been to Dehradun a number of times when my brother was in IMA and loved the place..i totally understand what ur trying to say...the contrast between the IMA landscpae and the main town is so stark..it is getting crowded by the year!!!

    yes, we should not go in for unplanned growth especially in beauitful towns like dehradun!!!

    http://www.myunfinishedlife.com

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  6. Lovely blog design. Have been following your article for quite some time and all your posts and articles are well researched. Photography is awesome . See more information about Cities around Dehradun . Thanks for sharing

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  7. Hi Renuka, this is Rajneesh from dehradun. Yes its true Dehradun (green) turning into gray. The reason behind it is that most of the builders (outside from uttarakhand) investing here. They are creating malls, complex and appartments etc. Although they are not the only one, traffic is one of the most serious problem which leads ddn to gray. Currently two-three projects of flyovers (ballupur chowk and saharanpur road near transport nagar) are going on and it is creating many problems in this summer like traffic jams, pollution and sometimes li'l accidents etc. You'll not believe its more than a year and the progress of this project approx nil. The speed of construction is too low even work stops many a times. According to this speed (of this project) it will take 10 years to build a flyover in ddn and in 10 years ddn will not becm gray only it'll become BLACK. SAVE DEHRADUN. STOP DEFORESTATION. GROW MORE PLANTS

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    1. Thanks Rajneesh for adding a valuable comment. I am disappointed to hear that such crazy constructions are going on in Dehradun. Please keep it GREEN and BEAUTIFUL.

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