Impact of Urbanisation on Doon Valley

The Doon Valley, spread across 2200 Square Kilometres in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, has undergone significant changes during the past two decades. The report was drafted under the mentorship of the highly knowledgable Dr. RBS Rawat, Former Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Head of Forest Force, Govt. of Uttarakhand for the study.

The report focusses on changes in the land use and land cover pattern, municipal solid waste, biomedical waste, sewage management, transport, tourism, temperature, rainfall, air quality and noise levels in the Valley. The report, based on secondary data, is a treasure trove of numbers and analysis for the ecologically sensitive Doon Valley.

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The Himalayan Cleanup 2019- Gati Foundation & LBSNAA, Mussoorie

On 26th May, 2019 180 officer trainee cadets, more than ten faculty members, two locations and 150 kgs of waste cleaned and audited by Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie and Gati Foundation on the occasion of the great Himalayan Cleanup and Brand Audit drive organized jointly by Integrated Mountain Initiaitve and Zero Waste Himalayas group. The drive is organized every year on May 26 across 12 Himalayan states of India. The drive was conducted on the Company Garden route and Buddha Temple, near the academy.

Wrappers of chips, chocolates, ice-creams, Maggi, Namkeen, PET bottles, sanitary waste, polybags and tetra packs were cleaned in large quantities. Segregation and audit of the waste collected was undertaken by the sanitary staff of the academy. Gati Foundation undertook a brief session with sanitary staff and officer trainees on explaining the concept of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) enshrined under the Plastic Waste Management Rules 2016.

We are glad to share with you that the Academy and its staff are already very cautious with respect to waste management. The academy undertook an internal audit for one week on its own and segregated its waste in 18 categories. After banning plastic, Academy is now looking to introduce more serious and sustainable measures for managing waste generated on the campus.

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Studying the Impact of Air Pollution on Human Health in the state of Uttarakhand

Humans have always exploited nature for its benefit be it in the name of growth, development, industrialization, infrastructure development, urbanization, etc. Our environment has always been at the receiving end. Mother Nature has been enduring all excesses, trying to maintain balance.

Now we have reached a stage where these compensatory environmental mechanisms are no longer able to maintain balance. Effects of which are being perceived globally and recognized in various forms. One of the visible effects of environmental change is the change in ambient air quality, esp. in urban areas. There are multiple factors responsible for this change. Initially, it was observed that air pollution was causing problems in big congested cities, but now we observe that even small cities and towns are getting affected.

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Understanding Swachh Survekshan 2019: A Comparative Analysis

The report discusses the new methodology and marking scheme of 2019 in comparison with earlier versions of the competition.

As per the findings of the research conducted by Gati Foundation, Dehradun has been an under-performer in the last two versions of Swachh Survekshan so far. However, the capital city saw a slight improvement in its ranking in Swachh Survekshan 2018 as compared to 2017. City secured 316th rank in Swachh Survekshan 2017, while it moved up 59 slots to reach 257th rank in 2018. The best performing city of Uttarakhand has been Roorkee which was ranked 218th in 2017 and moved to 158th in Swachh Survekshan 2018.

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Campaign Report: Stop Littering Our Himalayas

Trekking is the most popular and sought after amongst all the adventure sport prevalent in the state. The hilly terrain of Uttarakhand provides plenty of opportunities for mountaineering, trekking, rock climbing and adventure activities.

Tourism sector is a major source of income and employment in the state. The Government of Uttarakhand recently awarded the status of industry to the tourism sector.

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Twin City Brand Audit

Gati Foundation, along with student volunteers from Doon University, organised Uttarakhand’s first Twin City Waste & Brand Audit at Haridwar and Rishikesh to identify and document the brands contributing the most to plastic pollution in the state. Volunteers picked up plastic garbage from dumpsites for the purpose of identifying the major brands responsible for the plastic pollution in the city.

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Clean Air Campaign

Gati Foundation launched a Clean Air Campaign for Dehradun this Diwali. As city geared up to celebrate the festival, air quality became an important environmental concern. With an inefficient air quality data monitoring system in Uttarakhand, Gati Foundation tried to monitor air quality in a robust, digital and real time manner. The objective of the campaign was to record the results between the pre and post Diwali days.

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How Walkable is Dehra Dun?

This was first of its kind Walkability survey carried out by the foundation in Uttarakhand. The survey was aimed at understanding and evaluating the current infrastructure provided for safe and secure walking in the city of Dehradun. The survey was based on various professional parameters and globally accepted guidelines. Gati Foundation divided areas into four categories: Commercial, Residential, Educational and Transit Junctions and three locations under each category was targeted by the foundation for compiling its results on the survey. The entire exercise was carried out by Shreya Bhargava, a student of Masters in Architecture (with specialization in Urban Design) from Ansal University, Noida. With more and more people migrating to the urban areas, creating improved and efficient pedestrian network is an essential requisite. This will not only ensure an eco-friendly city planning but will also make it more liveable and sustainable.

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The Maggi Point Audit

Gati Foundation, a Dehradun, Uttarakhand based organisation, is a research and policy oriented, evidence based and “go-to ground” think-tank. Looking at development through the prism of sustainable development in the Himalayas, Gati has been working in the field of environmental policy and regulation, sustainable mountain development, urban governance and public health. It believes in the doctrines of three A’s – analysis, advocacy and action – that lead to sustainable and tangible changes. The Foundation has pledged to adopt a participatory approach, engage with citizens, undertake policy research and facilitate better standards of governance.

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Understanding the Levels of Air Pollution in Dehradun

The report is based on a ten-day clean air campaign for Uttarakhand carried out by Gati Foundation. The campaign for the first time recorded the results for PM 2.5 in Dehradun. Gati Foundation conducted air quality monitoring at ten spots in the city of Dehradun. The campaign was conducted in the month of February 2018. The report consists of recommendations focussing on air quality improvement in Dehradun. The city of Dehradun ranked sixth in terms of air pollution as per the data released by CPCB.

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Choked Doon: A Study on Air Pollution in Dehradun

Air Pollution Report

Gati Foundation, a research and policy-oriented, and evidence-based think tank has committed itself to intervene and work towards addressing the problem with possible solutions and recommendations to the government and civil society. The team initiated a field study to interview about 50 people in various regions of Dehradun (ISBT, Saharanpur Chowk, Clock Tower, Prince Chowk, Railway Station, Balliwala, Ballupur, and Tehsil). In order to develop an understanding of citizen’s awareness level and their perception on the gravity of the issue of air pollution, its ramifications, Gati Foundation conducted a rapid study in Dehradun. The study was focussed and confined to the assessment of people’s understanding on causative factors, the trend over a time span and remedial aspects vis-a-vis air-pollution.

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World Environment Day 2018

The report highlights the salient features of an 11-day campaign organized by Gati Foundation in collaboration with the Forest Department of Uttarakhand and Uttarakhand Environment and Pollution Control Board (UEPPCB) on the occasion of World Environment Day 2018. The campaign was curated by Gati Foundation and was centered around the global theme of Beat Plastic Pollution. The campaign concluded on June 05 with the Hon’ble CM of Uttarakhand Shri Trivendra Singh Rawat participating in the state level conference as Chief Guest.

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The Toilet Manifesto: Understanding Policy Outlook, Key Challenges and Opportunities in the Sector of Public Sanitation

Toilet Manifesto Understanding Policy Outlook, Key Challenges and Opportunities in the Sector of Public Sanitation

This paper tries to present a holistic outlook to the subject of public sanitation. It engages with the topic at various levels. Firstly, the report highlights the international scenario with respect to the public sanitation. Secondly, it covers the Indian policy perspective on the subject matter of public sanitation. It discusses various national missions and campaigns that were launched by the government in order to introduce reforms in the sector of water and sanitation. Lastly, the paper examines the Uttarakhand state scenario with respect to the public sanitation. The paper lays down the components of various programmes that were launched by the state government. The paper presents a unique approach by highlighting four different case studies from four different states. The last case study (number four) is of Dehradun and is conducted by Gati Foundation as a part of conducting the social audit for the public toilets of Dehradun. In the end, the paper suggests some practical and innovative set of recommendations to overcome the challenges that are persisting in this sector of water and sanitation.

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Shishambada Plant: Cleaning up our act


The field trip to Shishambada Waste Management Plant was undertaken as a part of Gati’s winter internship program in December 2017. We would like to express our gratitude to Mohit Dwivedi, Plant Manager, Dehradun Waste Management Pvt. Ltd. (A Ramky Group Venture) for facilitating the visit. Mr Dwivedi took time off his busy schedule to explain the workings of the plant and gave us a walking tour through it. We wish him and his team all the very best.

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Swachhata Mobile Application Data Analysis Report

Swachhata Mobile App

Brief Summary of the Report- Last year, in Swachh Survekshan 2017, all the cities and towns of Uttarakhand performed very poorly. Our research revealed that various factors contributed towards the poor rankings of the cities. Some of the prominent factors were: low level of awareness about the survey, low level of public engagement, widespread open defecation zones, and poor maintenance of public/community toilets.

Gati Foundation ( has been a consistent, concerned and vocal stakeholder on the issue of Solid Waste Management (SWM). Gati has been consistently researching upon various aspects of SWM in the state of Uttarakhand. Therefore, we at gati decided to study the portal of Swachhata Analytics in detail and compile the results available for the cities of Uttarakhand so that the stakeholders and citizens can identify the issues and prepare the interventions accordingly.

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Wasted Parks : A survey on public parks in Dehradun


Public Parks are much more than islands of green in concrete jungles of cities and towns of today’s urban environment. They are a place for people from all walks of life to exercise, morning walks, picnics, get-together, and just enjoy nature.

Gati Foundation, a research and policy-oriented, evidence-based and “go-to-ground” think tank, has committed itself to identifying better urban living solutions. For this, the team conducted a social audit to learn what exactly the authorities have been doing when it comes to maintenance of our public parks in Dehra Dun. The parks in the city come either under the direct purview of the Nagar Nigam, or Resident Welfare Societies of the respective Areas. Our team covered over 20 Parks, located in various areas in the city such as GMS Road, Vasant Vihar, Indira Nagar, Seema Dwar, Shimla Bypass, Nehru Colony, Rajpur Road etc.

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Studying the Role of Media in Reporting Road Acccidents in Uttarakhand

Road accidents are a major cause of human death in the Himalayan Uttarakhand. Every year, thousands of people are losing their lives due to road accidents in the state. Most of these accidents go unreported and fail to make a change in the system. With media reports being the most important information tool to bring notice to citizens and authorities, we need to realize its importance and reach.

With a road accidents being reported almost every other day, states in India are yet to implement effective road safety regulations and procedures for its people.

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Solid Waste Management in India Policy Perspective and Best Practices

The report focusses on the issue of growing urbanization and Solid Waste Management in Indian Cities. With the help of Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan (Clean India Mission), government has been able to set the importance of systemic waste management and improved sanitation as a national level agenda. The report analyzes in-depth the sector of Solid Waste Management in India. The report also studies various policies and laws regulating this domain of waste management.

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