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Freed of Illegal Sand Miners, Asola Bhati Wildlife Sanctuary Returns to its Pristine Glory

The Delhi Forest Department, in coordination with the Eco Task Force of the Indian Army, has been working tirelessly to ensure each and every inch of the barren land turns green again

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The Army, along with the help from the Forest Department, is on an afforestation spree to ensure the green belt is not lost and natural water bodies are created for the wildlife. Flickr

Freed from the clutches of illegal sand miners, the Asola Bhati Wildlife Sanctuary on the southern ridge in the National Capital Region is returning to its pristine glory, providing an ideal getaway for nature lovers right in Delhi’s backyard.

The Delhi Forest Department, in coordination with the Eco Task Force of the Indian Army, has been working tirelessly to ensure each and every inch of the barren land turns green again.

In the sanctuary spanning around 3,900 hectares, around 27 lakh trees have been planted between 2001 to 2017 to ensure that the wildlife does not lose its natural habitat. The sanctuary which is on the Delhi-Haryana border also has more projects in the pipeline for its beautification.

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Even though encroachments and inhabited areas nearby are a challenge, the forest officials try to tackle them but admit that their area is big, “and the hands are less”. Flickr

“We are also planning to build a cycle track as well as an eco trail so that people can come and visit the area and use the facilities. As of now its mostly schoolchildren who are the visitors. Many people don’t even know that this place exists and it is close by too,” Deputy Conservator of Forests Saurabh Sharma said.

The Army, along with the help from the Forest Department, is on an afforestation spree to ensure the green belt is not lost and natural water bodies are created for the wildlife.

As one walks into the sanctuary, one is welcomed by peacocks and monkeys. Leopards, hyenas, and blue bull can be occasionally spotted too. ‘Monkey points’ have also created to ensure the monkeys do not enter residential premises and food is provided to them so that they remain in their natural habitat.

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The Delhi Forest Department, in coordination with the Eco Task Force of the Indian Army, has been working tirelessly to ensure each and every inch of the barren land turns green again. Flickr

Surprisingly, the troops deployed to restore the sanctuary had even spotted a tiger as well around five months back. Last year, the concept of ‘food forests’ had also been implemented in the sanctuary and turmeric, lemongrass, and jamun are among few things that are growing.

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“People made a lot of money by mining minerals from here but now no mining activities are allowed. We want to develop the concept of a food forest so that people know that this is also a way of sustainability which also has a commercial value as well,” said a sanctuary official who did not want to be identified.

The major objectives are to ensure that the green belt of Delhi grows, there is low cost soil moisture conservation, as well as to ensure grassland, pasture and waste land development and also replenish the ground water. There are many water bodies inside the sanctuary which are filled with rain water and also serve the wildlife there. Even though encroachments and inhabited areas nearby are a challenge, the forest officials try to tackle them but admit that their area is big, “and the hands are less”. (IANS)

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Vodafone Emerges as the Fastest 4G Network in Delhi

Meanwhile, India’s download speed over fixed broadband achieved a 25.3 per cent increase during the past 12 months with 6.21 Mbps improvement, Jio saw the largest increase in average download speed over fixed broadband among top providers with a 120.1 per cent increase

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US-based broadband speed tester Ookla on Thursday said that Vodafone has emerged as the fastest 4G network in Delhi.

As per Ookla’s findings, Vodafone SuperNet 4G speeds are the highest as compared to all other operators in Delhi NCR.

Vodafone and Idea’s data performance has benefited by their merger and both brands show notable improvement, it said.

“With 10 telecom circles and many parts of Delhi NCR fully integrated, Vodafone Idea customers are experiencing the benefits of a unified and future-ready digital network,” said Vishant Vora, CTO, Vodafone Idea.

Vodafone Idea has also completed network integration in East Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad regions.

This Ookla report maps speeds across Indian telecom operators from August 2018 to July 2019.

Vodafone saw a decline in average mobile speed from November 2018 through January 2019, after which they recovered, with speeds rising by a remarkable 23.6 per cent.

Meanwhile, mobile download speeds of Idea improved month-on-month with a year-over-year improvement of 51.2 per cent.

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Vodafone’s revenue decline due to high subscriber churn. Pixabay

However, on an overall industry front, while mobile download speeds across all mobile operators have improved for the period under analysis, Airtel continued to hold the title of being the fastest operator in the timeframe in question.

While Airtel’s download speed increased 7.7 per cent, Jio’s download speed went up 10.8 per cent during the same period.

Airtel had the highest Acceptable Speed Ratio (ASR) in every single month, with an ASR for the year of 70.4 per cent. Despite a dip in January, Vodafone had the second highest ASR throughout the year with an average ASR of 60.3 per cent. Jio held third place for ASR with 54.5%.

ASR is a term used to measure a mobile operator’s performance on how consistently they are able to provide speeds at or above 5 Mbps, which is fast enough for consumers to reliably use mobile devices to stream HD video, Ookla said in its report.

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Looking at India as a whole, average mobile download speeds increased 16.2 per cent last year with an improvement of less than 1.5 Mbps over 12 months. Looking at the Speedtest Global Index, India ranks poorly for mobile download speed when compared with neighbouring countries and fell further behind throughout the past year.

Meanwhile, India’s download speed over fixed broadband achieved a 25.3 per cent increase during the past 12 months with 6.21 Mbps improvement, Jio saw the largest increase in average download speed over fixed broadband among top providers with a 120.1 per cent increase.

Increase in other players fixed broadband download speed performance includes BSNL with 74.2 per cent, GTPL with 32.1 per cent, Airtel with 23.8 per cent, YOU Broadband with 13.9 per cent, and ACT with 12.0 per cent respectively. Hathway’s average download speed over fixed broadband however fell at 0.2 per cent. (IANS)