Maintenance Resources

Sep 5, 2010

Stop Crackers in this season and help to STOP Child Labour

"In India, more than 80% of total crackers are producing in Shivakashi, a small town of Tamilnadu. Around fifty thousand of children, most of them are girl are working in suffocating work-shade and continuously getting exposed with hazardous chemicals like sulfur, potash, phosphorous, chlorate etc., the children contract deadly infections of lung, skin, kidney and eyes. And all for Rs. 35 per day. A cracker sold in market for Rs.50 has approximate production cost of Rs.5 to Rs. 10."

“Workers eat bananas as a common antidote to guard against constant exposure to chemicals, mainly aluminum. It is interesting to note that most factories offer a Rs 35 per day, banana allowance. “

The more terrible thing is that, in India, As per UNICEF statistics, 17.6 millions child are sacrificing their childhood and earning some bread for their family.

There are strong legislative rules to save their childhood, a lot of NGO's are working on the same issue. But they have their own limits. It is on every people, to reserve the sweet childhood for prevelige children.
I usually saw some rag pickers who search for some waste  material or food in dustbins, few sellers on traffic signals ,a shoe polish boy on bus stand or a family on road to show their road show....mother with a small baby is playing a tune, father is helping the girl who is dangerously walking over a rope without any safety precaution. Sometimes all these things  shake me too much but  I  alone  can solve their  problem for a day by my individual initiative but it will not solve the problem permanently. 'coz they took the responsibility to feed the family and they are the active (sometimes the only) earning member.

Pic. curtsy: (Playing with Father's Cobra )

To save their childhood, we need to give them alternate source of surviving, to help them to make  up their poverty first . And we can do it by encouraging elder one to involve in a social self help group and earn for family and  send their children to school for study and taking a perfect initiative to involve female member of the family also to earn.

I know, It is not so easy, I too may be disgusting like many others but if the statics hurts you, please stop wasting money on crackers and donate something to do the same. If all come together then it will not be impossible.

Aug 26, 2010

A Salute to The Dongria Tribes Who Stopped Vedanta and Saves Niyamgiri Hills

"The Ministry of Environment and Forests rejected Vedanta mining project in Orissa's Niyamgiri Hills.
Talking to reporters here today, Minister of State for Environment and Forests Shri Jairam Ramesh
said that the Vedanta Resources has violated laws and the Niyamgiri Hills project cannot be
given the go ahead unless the Forest Act is complied with."

"There has been a very serious violation of laws. There has been violation of the Forest Rights Act, 2006,
Environment Protection Act, 1966 and Forest Conservation Act, 1980. Therefore, the project cannot go ahead," he added.
A statement issued today says, “The stage II forest clearance for the Orissa Mining Corporation Ltd.(OMC)
and Sterlite bauxite mining project on Niyamgiri Hills in Lanjigarh, Kalahandi and Rayagada districts of
Orissa cannot be granted. Stage II Forest Clearance therefore stands rejected."

AND thus The Dongria Kondh, The tribe of Orissa's Lanjigarh block of Kalahandi district own their fight against Vedanta to save Niyamgiri Hill ("Mountain of Law ").
Which is their Worship (The Dongrias worship the top of the mountain as the seat of their god) and the reach forest is their only source of living.

Good News, But it is unfortunate that The Orissa government was quick to term the decision as extremely unfortunate.
Chief minister Naveen Patnaik had met both Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Ramesh on Monday requesting
clearance on the projects.

When they will get the EARS to listen the CRY to save the Green forest and How far they will kill the green by force by name of improvements ?
WHO CAN ANSWER But the statistics says by such violated improvements around eighteen tribes goes lost from India and the green belt is reducing by such industrialization.

Vedanta may violated human rights laws but I believe, all govt. body who denied to protect the tribes and supported the projects are the main culprit.

Thanks to ALL and I really salute them who help the Dongria Kondh to same their GOD mountain.

Aug 2, 2010

Rain Water Harvesting - A responsibility of All

On Every summer season, I saw in news paper that the water level in reservoir went down and municipality is going to reduce the water supply.
After rain comes the statistics are on news that this reservoir is filled by this percent and that reservoir  is by that.
But I surprised, Why rain water harvesting are not taking to maximum at individual level ? At govt. level, it is not easy to reach all these areas but it is very easy if they aided and encourage individuals to do the same.

Aid should include  financial aid to afford the system (Installation and maintenance), some sort of reward for adopting this and technology transfer. Here are in short to get a rough idea about rain water harvesting.

What is rain water harvesting : It is to catch rain water and to use it to recharge ground water or to store it for future use.
Why Rain Water need to be harvest ? We are using Surface water and ground water for domestic use but surface water is not sufficient and recovery of ground water are not sufficient to meet our demand – result, ground water level goes down and gives birth of water crisis. To come out from this situation, we need to recharge ground water artificially .”Due to rapid urbanization, open soil area are decreasing and so, infiltration of rain water into the sub-soil has decreased drastically and recharging of ground water has diminished “ So, it becomes all individuals responsibility to do the most for rain water harvesting and Govt. , NGO's should come out for taking the responsibility for implementation it in macro and micro level. ( All Govt. and pvt. Offices, buildings , industries, individuals )

How Shall We harvest :
We can harvest in two ways :

1. Store for future use
2. Rechage of ground water

It has few steps like  :

a) Catchment area - Roof top or roof slope
b) Transportation – Good quality UPVCpipes
c) First Flush – First rain water has huge contaminent which can not be use and need to be flush out.
d) Filter – Regular Sand filter, charchole filter, PVC pipe filter OR some developed good quality filter Like (Varun -Developed by Bangalore base water harvesting expert Mr. S Vishwanath,  – Rs. 2250 or Wisy make SS filters (German)
e)  Storage of water – After wel filtration we can store it for domestic use, Even we can use it for drinking too (See bellow informations on Rain PC by Aquasure and Rain water harvester from EA Water Pvt. Ltd. )
f)  recharge ground water – Some graphics available on net (Thanks to owner and google search)
. Rain PC (A system for the conversion of rainwater to drinking water )
AcquaSure, a consortium of three specialist Netherlands-based companies, has developed a system for the conversion of rainwater to drinking water in the form of a Rainwater Purification Centre (RainPC).
RainPC is developed by scaling down the multi-staged water treatment method (MST), which involves screening, flocculation sedimentation and filtration and incorporating existing technologies like upward flow fine filtration, absorption and ion exchange. Coming in a small compact 26 kg unit, the RainPC offers an affordable solution by converting rainwater into drinking water.
RainPC is made of ultra violet resistant poly-ethylene housing and cover, stainless steel rods and bolts, a nickel-brass valve and an adapter for maintaining constant volume. Xenotex-A and activated carbon catridges along with ultra membrane filtration or micro-membrane filtration modules incorporated in the RainPC has the capacity to deal with E-coli and the potential of meeting the Dutch as well as World Health Organisations (WHO) water regulation standards. The components can also be transported individually to be assembled at the site. Three product types are available based on their microbial contaminant removal capacity. This technology is ideally suited for virtually any situation and is a blessing particularly for those who have little or no access to regular safe drinking water.
(The above information is as per the manufacturers' claims and not based on any study by CSE.)
For further information Email:
 Cost Of Individual Rain Harvesting Systems : It is aprox. Rs.5000. (See breakup is available in bellow mentioned Websites.

Most of the data and Pictures are taken from following websites. I tried to draw a brief pecture. For more details, Please go through the following sites

Know More, Act Now

Jul 10, 2010

Check out Happy Kids Gallery

Akshaya Patra is currently feeding more than 1.2 million underprivileged children everyday acroos 8 states all over India. Check out Happy Kids Gallery

Feb 14, 2010

Be green To Save your Hard Earn Money !

If we stay green then not only we can contribute to reduce environment pollution but still we have a strong scope to save our hard earn money too. Whatever I find, this is due to lack of awareness and knowledge, ignorance to slow but chronic waste of money what restrict us to take these small easy steps. Here are some few examples of GREEN HABITS what we can adopt very easily.
1. Save money by Lighting your home with Green Lights :
a). Natural light is the best option ‘coz it is totally free and you can get it enough if you consider this option as the time of choosing your flats.
b) LED lighting is second option because of it’s a upcoming technologies and availability to common market, and considering initial cost CFL is the best choice which gives higher illumination with low power consumption

2. Other domestic electrical appliances: Opt for BEE or (Burue of Energy efficiency) star certified. Go for as higher rating as possible in that segment, make home study before to buy and depend little on sales executive(They will insist on their commission view)
Who Are They ?
Energy star : by US environment protection agency by US department of energy. Encouraging to make a energy efficient home and office.

more details to Dig :
a) Energy efficient products for home and office
b) Tips to make Energy efficient home
c) 30% of tax credit upto $1500. Expires on 31st dec. 2010.

BEE (Burue of energy efficiency)
By Ministry of Power, Govt. of India started nation wide awareness program and leveling electrical appliances. Still have a huge scope to improve by promote energy saving by offering direct tax rebate and easy search and compare option for general visitors.

More to Dig  
a) Homepage
b) Study on home appliances before to purchase
c) BEE Start rating equipments 2009 edition (Expecting the same in BEE website with high updation frequency )

A comparison of  energy efficient Stars in appliances like AC, Tubelights and refrigerator.

1.      Save money by Green Driving: BIG savings points for two wheeler and four wheeler drivers are traffic signals..
saving = no. of. Traffic lights in your daily vehicle way X Average stoppage time X idle run consumption (See the chart) / 1000 to make it in Ltr. X Petrol cost X 365
It shows if you have to stop over 24 traffic signals daily and 60 sec. in average then for two wheeler saving scope is Rs. 3000 per year and more than Rs. 9000 for a four wheeler. (you are having some additional money to invest / family get-together i.e. to go some extra miles) Other green driving options are clear in following video.
i)                    Two Wheeler – Avg. 7 ml. / minute of idle run
ii)                   Three Wheeler – Avg. 12 ml. / min. of idle run
iii)                 Four Wheeler – Avg. 21.6 ml. / min. of idle run
iv)                 Truck / Bus – avg. 100 ml. / min. of idle run