Smart City Plans:
FODS under its Citizens Action Group forum created a Smart City initiative plan, which stimulated an intense drive during the early months of 2016, against the ecologically unsustainable Smart City proposal of the state government to take over the historical tea gardens of Dehradun. Press conferences, a “Dehradun Declaration” and a gathering of school children and eminent citizens to express their love for green areas were organized at various public areas to raise awareness . This ensured that a more people friendly and efficient plan be drawn by concerned authorities to benefit all sections of the society. FODS continues its watch, coordinates with other platforms, and maintains a dialogue with different govt. agencies to ensure a balanced and eco friendly Smart City Plan is drawn and implemented in the times to come.
Rispana River Rejuvenation :
FODS latest concern is with dwindling potable water supply for the city of Dehradun . This situation has come to be due to diminishing green cover in aquafier belts that feed the two main rivers of the region and unchecked encroachment on river beds. Dehradun’s major rivers Bindal and Rispana from whence the supply of potable water comes, have been reduced to a trickle, with huge areas of contamination and illegal occupation of river beds turning the river into a ‘nala’. Data is now being gathered to assess the state of the watershed area, in the hope of restoring these before its too late.