Category Archives: ENVIRONMENT

Snake Catcher | Snake Rescue in Surat

Today early morning cleaning staff was going about the errand in the society as usual, when they spotted a snake in the compound. They called in the Supervisor and informed the community via online message to avoid going towards the compound corner. They started making noise when I went to see.

Snake had made it’s way into the compound via the trees overhanging on the wall. In the backyard there are many trees and a waterhole. Snake used to roam about in that place usually in monsoon. They tried to contact anyone who would help rescue the snake. After about 10-15 minutes they didn’t seem to be able to find any way out.

I stepped in to avoid anyone taking wrong action against the snake. I made some calls to the animal rescue teams and one of them told they will find someone in our area and update. After 10 minutes I got a call from one of the nature volunteer and he asked for address. They reached in about 15 minutes.

The snake had hidden behind some steel planks near the wall. We waited around to see if the snake didn’t escape anywhere. Once they came in, they asked for the person who saw it. Asked for the size and colour. First plank was removed and nothing seen. People were doubting if it had left from somewhere. After removing the second one, snake jumped right out it and started to crawl ahead.

One of the volunteer just tried to hold it but it went pass by. Another volunteer held it from the tail and slowly started to let it flow. Within a minute he got good control on it and it was moving freely. Meanwhile they asked for pillow cover and one of the occupant provided them. They let the snake slip into the pillow cover and tied it properly. They just left after that.


Few people resort to hurting the snake, which is actually not required.

Whenever you spot a snake or someone around you spots any snake, try to remain calm and inform animal rescue team immediately. Do not hurt or overcrowd the place to avoid any accident. Provide all details clearly about the snake, location and keep a watch on the snake.

To call Snake rescue team in Surat try below organization as they are doing commendable work :


Prayas Team Environment Charitable Trust

“C-110/Commercial Complex”,
Udhna Udyognagar Sangh, Central Road No. 10, Opposite Bank of Baroda,
“Udhna”, Surat, Gujarat, INDIA.
Pincode: 394210

Phone – 9825119081

http://www.prayas-india.org/


Surat gets rolling with E-bus prototype launched

Highlights

  • Surat City has well established Public transport system under City Bus link as well as BRTS.
  • BRTS is well managed corridor with separate lanes for buses running with GPS controlled system.
  • Citizens can check live tracking of buses on Sitilink app as well as on Google Maps.

To add color to the existing bus network within the city, E-Bus have been rolled out as a prototype. On successful implementation of Electric buses in the city will ensure sustainable development as well as reduce carbon footprint of the city. This is will add to the overall green energy contribution and usage of the city. By using public transport, citizens can do their bit in contributing to the development of the city as well as reducing their own personal carbon footprint.

Almost all corners of the city are covered by existing bus network and new routes are added every month based on demand and usage. Major busy bus routes have buses running every 15-30 minutes depending on the hour of the day.

With the expansion of city as well as growth in population, Surat needs to add new cutting edge technologies and solutions to keep abreast in the growth and development of city. Electric buses are one novel solution alike.


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Nat Geo Show : The Next Frontier – Smart Cities India

Nat Geo Show on Smart Cities in India has been very well documented. It features the development with respect to Smart Cities mission in cities like Surat, Vishakapatnam, Pune and Varanasi. Each city is leading it’s change in particular aspect as necessary in the city. As these cities set the benchmark for development, implementation and projects in regards to smart technologies, other cities can replicate similar implementation at their level.

SURAT

Under the Smart Cities implementation projects Surat is leading in transportation and public services. Surat Municipal Corporation managed Bus Rapid Transit System BRTS is a fully functional centralized GPS system based Bus transport system in the city with a separate corridor for the buses. The system is centrally managed and monitor with over 270 buses running across the city. Electronically managed timings shown on the display inside the bus stops provided a glimpse of the waiting time for the passengers. Online booking of tickets and schedule help to avoid queues.

To promote the use of Public transport – City mayor travels to work via BRTS once in a week. Surat also has bicycles for use at various junctions to provide last mile service. (Not shown in the show)

City is monitored from the command center and actions taken respectively to correct any course.

VISHAKAPATNAM

Vishakapatnam is leading this frontier by developing new projects in the city for beautification, public parks and various projects undertaken to set a benchmark in design, development and public awareness and sensitivity. Under such projects one of the park has been developed keeping in mind the requirements for special children who seem to be enjoying and having a good time everyday in such park.

Popularity of that park has raised curiousity in other city administrators and Commissioners who seem to be interested in replicating similar projects in their own cities. We must set such benchmark in every front of development and implementation in projects across India.

Similar large scale park is being developed with facility for skating at national level by the same team. Along with local plants and greenery, design and astetics are given prime importance. Such projects boost the morale of city dwellers and create a positive vibe for the future.

PUNE

Pune is leading in technology implementation under Smart cities. Pune has implemented Emergency Call Boxes which are attended and managed by a central help centre. Any kind of Emergencies are attended by a call and immediate action taken via various departments in place.

Entire city is under observation via centrally managed system and every occasion is planned for. Any traffic movement is routed via centrally managed display hoardings.

VARANASI

Varanasi is leading the change in restoring archeological sites and monuments of cultural importance. Once such project near the Ganga river is go restore a temple and build a complex which is connected to the river directly. Major services will be upgraded to latest modern technology and services like online darshan, pre-booking, personalized guide and similar are available.

Development across various cities and projects under taken to improve the functioning of cities along with public participation is bringing some of the cities to global standards and similar projects are replicated by smaller cities in frontiers of energy, transportation, digitization, cleanliness, hygiene, emergency and healthcare services and centrally operated services.

India is changing with it’s cities becoming smarter and people adopting new technologies. In times to come, some of the cities will be the leaders in many frontiers and set benchmark in city functioning. We wish to see many more such projects unfold and provide comfort to the citizens.


Things you must do in heavy monsoon and flood-like situation

  • Look before you leave on Maps
  • Do not panic if you find any route blocked or in water
  • Try to avoid street roads or shortcut roads. Take main roads and known roads.
  • Don’t go out unless necessary
  • Keep yourself updated with the situation by local newspaper, local news channels and your contacts in the city
  • Order online for things that you can
  • If you are stuck in somewhere, follow the herd and avoid taking any individual route. Follow the basics. Keep sanity and stick to the norms.
  • If you find anywhere water is sipping or rushing fast, avoid going that side.
  • Use a stick or some support, if you are walking in water. Keep high alert and keep calm.
  • Keep contact of emergency numbers handy like local fire station, rescue helpline, NDRF helpline, Ambulance and Police. As well as corporation helpline.

Monsoon in Surat – July 2020

June 2020 – Even though Monsoon arrived during the second week of June, there was not much presence during the month of June. Sky was cloudy and it seemed that it may rain anytime. However apart from some pouring for few minutes, there was no full-fledged entry of Monsoon.

July 2020 – By the second week of July, Monsoon has officially begun in Surat. It has been constantly pouring heavily at nights with thunderstorms. Open lands have become muddy and filled to form waterholes. Low lying streets are getting water clogged everytime it rains for an hour or so. The trees have turned all green and the grass is growing well.

Water birds are making the best of it. Due to pandemic people have restricted movement. No one is seen going out apart from some work or essentials. Things are slow and lazy.

555 mm rainfall has been observed till 15 July 2020.

Gir 2020 : Increase in Lion population in Gir, India

The population of lion in Gir, India increases by 27.74% to 674 in 2020 from 523 in 2015.

Gir National Park located in Gujarat, India is home to Asiatic lion and home natural habitat of lions in India. The forest area is spread across 30000 km2 in 2020 from previously recorded 22000 km2 in 2015. Every 5 years the survey is conducted to count the number of lions and keep the health of ecosystem in check.

This year the counting was done during Fullmoon i.e. on 5-6th June 2020. Around 1400 officials were involved to do a complete survey of the vicinity.

YearLions
1990284
1995304
2001327
2005359
2010411
2015523
2020674
Lion Population in Gujarat, India