Another terror rain upon Capital instead of arms and ammonisation, smoke threatening the life and health of people living in Delhi. Delhi is suffering with severe air pollution caused due to the impetuous use of commercial vehicles and industries. Delhi is a centre of trade connecting many cities, many commercial vehicles including heavy trucks and buses have to pass through Delhi for the smooth run of economic activities of many entrepreneurs which leads to increase in the pollution level of Delhi. Many policies comes up with a solution which shows a good response, policy like parking regulation smoothening the flow of traffic, use of CNG and most of all introducing metro, earlier these policy claims to have had some success in bringing down air pollution for instance during the Asian game 2014 it was noticed that air pollution is decreased drastically but now it seems all these policy together are just not enough. According to popular belief most of the air pollution in Delhi is not because of the vehicular traffic. According to the source, statistical data shows that vehicular traffic should be the least of concern because 50% of the air pollution is caused by the road dust 23% by industries and only 7% of the air pollution is caused by the vehicles.
In the past few years metro station spread drastically connecting various areas of Delhi and NCR and Delhi metro proves as an environment friendly means of commute but metro construction result in contributing road dust causing air pollution which is clearly not the agenda of construction of metros. Industries contributing there part too. In May 2014 the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced that Delhi comes under one of the most polluted city in the world.
Delhi is following footsteps of Beijing as recently Beijing declares first-ever red alert for air pollution. Failure of all kind of efforts of controlling pollution, Environmental Protection Bureau of Beijing asked people to do best of there effort to reduce there out door activity.
AAP starts a policy to control pollution in Delhi to save the life and health of people living in Delhi. This policy is similar to the policy implemented in Capital of China to reduce pollution. This policy is fully supported by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. According to the policy,” private vehicles bearing odd and even registration numbers will be allowed to ply only on alternate days starting January 1 to radical pollution control”. Gopal Rai, Transport and Rural Development Minister of Delhi under the leadership of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, said that” in the first phase from January 1 to January 15, 2016, operation of odd and even number vehicles will be in effect from 8 am to 8 pm. Private vehicles with both odd and even numbers will be allowed before 8 am and after 8 pm. Sundays will be exempted from this campaign”. Arvind Kejriwal also raised the issue of installation of CCTV cameras across Delhi to which Singh assured him of cooperation. The issue is in Delhi High Court now and there is needless bickering.
Still it’s a long road ahead and needs Delhi people support to bring actual change because only various policies are not enough. As same policy appears to be failing in Beijing. People needs to understand the upcoming problems they are going to face and better prepare themselves for the upcoming tragedy. Avoiding this or ignoring are not an option.
– Shivangi Chawla