By Aastha Chauhan
A Srishti and Toxics Link Survey, (November 2010 – May 2011)
With the idea of understanding the Sanjay Van better I began regular walks and mapping of the forest in November 2010. I spent the initial few weeks familiarizing myself with the exits and entries to the forest and getting a basic sense of the scale of this stunning south central ridge. This was followed by documenting the various encroachments in forest, complete with GPS maps and photographs. The GPS locations of the encroachments are available on google maps and the photographs and other details are available on a facebook page titles “what’s happening in Sanajy Van?”. I was also observing the community/ ies that access the forest for a number of reasons, ranging from morning walks to gathering firewood for the evening meals. I have approached a number of institutions in the Qutab institutional area with an offer to begin conversations about community conservation of the Sanjay Van and hope to take this forward in the near future.
Also read Ravi Agarwal’s article “Fight for a Forest” at India Seminar – http://www.india-seminar.com/2010/613/613_ravi_agarwal.htm