Delhi Pollution – A City Standing with NO Solution!
Improved methodology to ascertain the pollution levels in Delhi NCR has been introduced and is now being shared with other states as well. The methodology which is used by the apex Delhi Pollution Control Board is implemented in the most affected areas. On Wednesday, a meeting was called among the implementing agencies; the State Pollution Control Board (SPCBs), the Pollution Control Committee (PCCs) and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to solve the clouds of pollution engulfing the National Capital and regions surrounding it. Many ideas and strategies were planned under the supervision of the member secretary – Mr. Prashant Bhargava.
But still we chose the topic with No solution – Why?
Few minds seeking solutions and thousand hands promoting pollution can never work. This Diwali, where people were engaged in rooting for eco-friendly and green Diwali notions, in numerous messages were seen revolving over social media encouraging the use of crackers as a symbol of happiness and joy. It was utterly painful to see people developing such ideologies over burning crackers.
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After countless efforts and warnings via social media campaigns, genuine urges and evident measures taken by the government to ensure green Diwali, several Delhiites chose to turn deaf and encourage the mind-numbing act of bursting crackers. And maybe their soul wasn’t at rest because well how is it Diwali unless we are able to breathe? Messages and few tweets where burning crackers were cheered and applauded in the name of “religion and celebration” were observed.
How can burning just one tiny cracker make a difference? Let us tell you how
- First of all as lame as it sounds, One with the thought of how one cracker makes a difference is probably the one purchasing crackers in bulk. When the thought is already dead in one’s mind, even a thousand pleading hands crying for no pollution are a waste.
- Second, as found by the research; One cracker fumes are equivalent to 464 cigarettes. Even people who smoke will once in awhile tilt their heads and will pledge to quit smoking. But we feel if it is out in the air, it’s not that hazardous. What goes out will come in!
- Third, do you think there is only one with such a mindset? Naah, probably thousands out there are enjoying the bursting crackers and sharing the same messages of promotes pollution. And somehow everyone will pay the price of one’s immaturity.
On Thursday 8 am, the Air Quality Index was recorded to be 408, which was a little relief from the previous recording on Wednesday when the AQI was standing at 415. While these charts reached the heights on Monday with a recorded AQI of 642 which was 1.7 times more than the last year AQI levels.
An AQI between 400-500 is termed as “severe” while beyond 500 is “severe – plus emergency” category according to Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) data.
According to Wikipedia; the air quality in Delhi, the capital of India, according to a WHO survey of 1600 world cities, is the worst of any major city in the world. Air pollution in India is estimated to kill 1.5 million people every year; it is “The Fifth Largest Killer In India”. India has the world’s highest death rate from chronic respiratory diseases and asthma, according to the WHO. In Delhi, poor quality air irreversibly damages the lungs of 2.2 million or 50 percent of all children.
Is civilisation leading us into disaster?
Is promoting cracker-burning elevating our happiness in any manner?
Do we want our children to be raised in a country where they acquire harmful disease even before they are able to walk?
Can now we say Government is not taking any measures to reduce pollution when we are the sole cause of promoting it?
Ask yourselves this question everyday while you look up to see an opaque yet pollution loaded sky!