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Love Delhi? Fight to stop pollution and recommend measures to Government

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Love Delhi? Stop Pollution!

Why is it always we wake up to the realities when water rises the danger marker or Air Quality hits our lungs to death? Why not we work for our preparedness to contingencies when the sun is shining? Doesn’t the political and bureaucratic class requires safe working condition? Elites are always prepared to make shift their bases when problem happens, rather than set the right environment they work in. when the alarm rings, they copy and paste the ready-made solutions adapted by other countries and communities in turmoil, without realising the fact of differences in the geographies, infrastructure and social strata of society. It is not expected from people in power to blame others for their inability to control. Please respect the mandate and responsibility that has been conferred on to you to make our future bright. Please don’t push us into turmoil of crisis invited upon in the name of development. It is a wrong notion that, “pollution will reduce if cars are reduced”. In a democratic country, how can someone put restriction on, who should use cars or who not? However, we need to re-look into our own web of problem and in which solutions lies within.

Our deep rooted problems which are most problematic areas are as follows:

 

1. Transportation: Motor Vehicle Pollution is the maximum contributor of bad air quality in the town. Apart from number of vehicles on road, what matters is how long a duration this vehicles stays on road to reach destination. If a distance of 1 hours takes 2.30 Hrs to travel then for obvious reason same vehicle has emitted pollution for 2.5 times than originally expected. The reasons why these vehicles are put on long hours on road is as follows:

 

  • Delhi despite having connectivity to the public transport system and Delhi Metro, lacks will of public to use the system because of delay in timely reach, public hygiene and haphazard traffic movement and no end to end connectivity. Hence more private vehicles are being used.
  • There is no management in regards to unruly parking on roads, trespassing and encroachment on road side pavements and footpaths, street markets, weekly flea markets and vegetable vendors. Which is constantly contributing to narrowing down of the roads and create a bottle neck of flow for traffic causing sluggish movement and traffic jams. Further, occupation of footpaths by commercial shop keepers force pedestrian to walk on roads which put their life in risk of an accident and constantly causing slowing down of traffic.
  • People face hazard on road owing to mix use of roads by slow moving / fast moving vehicles. No fixed separation in roads for movement of vehicles like bicycle, hand rickshaw, e-rickshaw, slow moving auto rickshaw and carriage tempos and high speed right lanes. No traffic sense prevail and governments are least concerned about how licences are made and whether people are aware or follow the road rules. Lack of implementation mechanism encourage people stay free on roads.
  • Jay walkers and street animals pushing the traffic to halt and cause of accidents and excess fumes generated by vehicles.          

2.      Exhaust from factories and industries: unregulated master plans of Delhi over the years have brought the city on the verge of collapsing. Manufacturing industries release large amount of carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, organic compounds, and chemicals into the air thereby depleting the quality of air. Manufacturing industries is existing in every nook and corner of Delhi and there is no area that has not been affected by it. Thermal Power Generation by NTPC plant on Faridabad border was slated for closer in October 2015 but it is still running and there are plans to modernise the facility, instead of new eco-friendly plant. Petroleum processing process like paint and platting, coating and spray painting are openly carried on road sides without any permission and regulation. Synthetic waste materials and chemicals are thrown out which pollute the air and also cause land pollution.

 

3.      Fuel combustion in stationary sources, burning of fossil fuels like coal, wood, dry grass, and construction activity. When the matter is of Air pollution then all consumption of fuel at Micro level contribute to the net effect of pollution at Macro level. The major contributors are:

  • Usage of locally made Diesel combustion generators for Home use, Parties and Hotels and Hospitals, which does not comply with any regulation of emission and regularly pumps thick black smock into environment.
  • Use of Coal for Domestic Purposes:

      i.   For catering purpose and leisure of warming up in open air parties
     ii.   For ironing purpose
    iii.   Bar-be-que / Restaurants

  • Burning of garbage, wood, dry grass and other waste material by poor for warming up during winter.

 4.       Agricultural activities: Use of insecticides, pesticides and fertilizers in agricultural activities, which has grown quite a lot. Ammonia is a common by-product of agriculture activities which is one of the most hazardous gases in the atmosphere. Irrational burning of farm waste and leftover could emit harmful chemicals into the air and can also cause water pollution.

5.      Deforestation: regularly axing of the trees for urbanisation without any replacement is causing very dearly to Delhi’s pollution. Unmindful cementing of the trunks of trees while developing pavement kills the tree of it growth and falls in a very short span of time.      

This is high time, government should realize the fact that an action is required in all pervasive realm of pollution contributors and not only target, automobile pollution in isolation. Destroying the climate could lead to irreversible damage that sets in motion a self-sustaining process of global warming, putting at risk the survival of large parts of the global population as well as inhabitants of Delhi. Anything is not possible without public participation, but at the same time a viable rules and regulations and political will cutting across platform without any corruption, is necessary to fight for our own survival with dignity.

This is the time to unite and fight against pollution which is killing us day by day, every day, putting loads of pressure on our respiratory system to get a fresh air to breath.

This is the time we can save Delhi to become another Gas Chamber of Bhopal Gas Tragedy, horrible contamination of which still fears our generations to come. Hence, there are sufficient measure which can be thought of for implementation to save our Delhi! Our Plant.   

Measures Recommended:

Create countermeasures for following type of pollutions:

1)      To avoid vehicular pollution.

a.       Disallow parking on wider roads in front of shops to avoid traffic congestion during peak/day hours.

b.      Clear footpaths from all encroachments by street vendors and shop owners to make way for pedestrians.

c.       Spread knowledge about hygiene in Public Transport and improve mannerism of transportation staff along with proper uniform and a responsibility to implement cleanliness.

d.      Make lanes for cyclist and pedestrians with wire dividers. Enforce lane driving for slow moving vehicles and public transport towards left side of road.

e.       Restrict road movement of animals and they should be caught regularly. Build foot over bridges to avoid jay walking on roads.       

 

2)      To avoid environmental pollution.

a.       Strictly restrict polluting units to be shifted out of Delhi.  

b.      Make regulations for minimum possible exhaust for generators used in Delhi.  

c.       Create awareness about burning fuel / garbage in open in an unregulated way.

d.      Develop Catalytic Convertor and make it mandatory for caterers / restaurants to be installed on exhaust Chimney.

e.       Stop selling open coal for domestic purpose in Delhi and other MOST Polluted areas.

f.       Create Awareness in farmer’s community about harmful effects to environment by husk/farm burning.

g.       Help farmers dispose-off farm waste in more regulated manners.

 

3)      To Create Green Revolution

a.       Green zones should be identified, regulated and organized in a systemically way by pruning the obnoxious plants and sowing of planned green trees. Events should be organised by public and corporate participation to regulate the green Acers of Delhi.

b.      All Identified green forest area should be made into a place for public hiking and any commercialisation of such area by street vendors must be avoided at all cost. Any trespassing of green land must be strictly dealt with.

c.       Greenery expansion schemes must be formulated and localities/RWAs sowing additional mandatory trees must get rebate or awarded.

 

  

Sources;

 

1.      India Gate_Pollution; http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/05/world/asia/delhi-announces-pollution-control-measures.html?_r=0

2.      Vehicle_Pollution: http://www.hindustantimes.com/delhi/delhi-vehicles-with-odd-even-number-plates-to-ply-on-alternate-days/story-Cr9i3ERsnsTJVP8ikdDm6N.html

3.      Industrial_Pollution: http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/ngt-directs-pollution-control-body-to-inspect-industries-in-greater-noida/

4.      Walking: http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/the-photo-blog/these-photos-show-just-how-bad-the-quality-of-air-is-in-delhi/

5.      Farm-fire; http://www.business-standard.com/article/specials/delhi-november-air-quality-threatened-by-punjab-farm-fires-115112400218_1.html

6.      Tree-cut; http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/govt-inaction-killing-people-depleting-tree-cover-amicus-to-hc/

 

   

 

 

 

 



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