NEW DELHI – Mahesh Chander Mehta, acclaimed by his peers as the dean of India’s tiny environmental bar, practices law from an airy office on the fourth floor of a dimly lit building in south Delhi.
Even late in the year, it’s still warm enough in India’s capital to keep the windows open. On the street, taxis and natural gas-fueled tuk-tuks clamor for space in the square by the Opp Mool Chand Metro Station.
A poster of the Taj Mahal drapes the wall of a tobacco shop across the street. The view is unobstructed by the smokestacks and huge chemical storage tanks that once populated the banks of the Yamuna River, a tributary of the river Ganga that is close by.