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Demographic Development & Environmental Surveillance Site - ‘SOMAARTH’ (Synergizing Economic Development And Comprehensive Health )

INCLEN has established a surveillance site for studying the issues of chronic diseases with focus on childhood obesity near Delhi, in the Palwal District of Haryana.

The surveillance area includes 51 villages (approximately, 2,00,000 populations) from three blocks of Palwal (Hathin, Hodal and Palwal) and are circumscribed by three major roads i.e. – Mathura national highway (NH¬2) that forms eastern boundary of surveillance site; Palwal–Hathin Major District Road-135, forming western boundary; and Major District Road-132 that forms southern boundary. 

This site has a demographic advantage of having a mix of populations from different religions, socio¬economic and overall development status. This site has been selected based on assumptions of rapid economic transition and emergence of business and educational activities that will lead to changes in behavior and health of the individuals and the population at large. Several key “Whole of Society” transformation are taking place in the area under study. A peripheral express highway (Kundli-Manesar-Palwal or KMP expressway) is fast coming up and which traverses through some part of the selected study site. Additionally, special economic zones are declared on either side of the expressway to boost industrial growth and business. This study site is bounded on eastern side by National Highway -2 which is one of the busiest roads in the country. Along this road, during last three to five years, several major industries, and educational institutions and hospitality businesses have come up. The real estate has gone up by more than five times in anticipation of the growth potential of the area. All these features have brought changes in life style of the population, although not documented formally, but are being realized by the members of the locality during informal conversations.

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