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Workers returning to Delhi post-lockdown stare at joblessness -Ashok Kumar Soibam and Rocky Singh

-The Hindu Several workers returning to Gurugram and Delhi from their home towns after the lockdown discover their employers have already filled their positions Vijay Mishra, a chhole-poori vendor on Jharsa Road in Gurugram, is the odd man out among a row of fruit sellers. The 38-year-old makes ₹200-₹300 daily, not even half of what he used to earn at his job in Maruti Suzuki India Limited before the lockdown. Like thousands of...

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Raising a stink: Delhi’s Raota village sinks under wastewater -Ishan Kukreti

-Down to Earth A village in outer Delhi is sinking in wastewater overflowing from the Najafgarh drain. That’s because of construction over a wetland, which has blocked the natural water channels. Extreme rainfall has worsened the crisis If you wished to enter Raota village, on the Delhi-Haryana border in the national capital’s southwest district, you would have to wade through knee-deep wastewater. Roads there resembled a sewer; people used boats to commute. Wastewater...

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Gurugram: Shanties Razed for ‘Biodiversity Park’, 600 Families Left in Lurch -Ronak Chhabra

-Newsclick.in Municipal official says corporation “acted upon” February orders, issued by NGT; no prior notice was served, alleged the aggrieved residents. The multiple calls to stay at and work from home to curb the COVID-19 outbreak ceased to be a crude joke for residents in Gurugram’s Sikanderpur area, after the municipal body carried out a demolition drive, rendering almost 600 families homeless earlier this week. The shanties – which were home to many...

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Lockdown Hit Migrant Workers' Savings, Forced Many to Take Loans: Gurugram Survey -Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

-TheWire.in The study also showed that most of the workers from far away states wanted to leave at the earliest. New Delhi: A survey of migrant workers in Gurugram, Haryana has revealed that the prolonged lockdown has left most of them without any savings and forced many to take loans. Also, while most of those who hail from far-off states like Assam, Bihar and West Bengal are keen to return to their...

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Why NGT’s calls on restoration of water bodies is need of the hour -Sushmita Sengupta

-Down to Earth National Green Tribunal’s 2019 order asking states to identify, protect and restore water bodies underlines the urgency to save them The nationwide lockdown imposed to break the spread of the novel coronavirus disease spread in India brought into light a new, pleasant discovery — improvement in quality of several water bodies and their catchments as a host of industrial activities halted. There is a need to restore and create more...

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