Air pollution- long term measures needed

Kashmir Times. Dated: 11/13/2017 12:54:54 AM

Dear Editor,
Delhi, continue to be among the most lethally polluted metropolises in the world. Air pollution is also linked to respiratory ailments such as asthma and bronchitis. Many times, it results in fatal consequences. Air pollution adds to several diseases which spread through air also.
The worst air pollution in Delhi is felt this time as foul smell that of like burning crackers is being felt almost throughout the day. This is an alarming situation for the worst health outcome of this killing air pollution. One major reason is burning of crops leftover by farmers in nearby States. The government must solve this problem as it is a regular annual feature. The crop leftover -waste can be brought by government at some fixed price which will be a much-needed financial help for the farmers. This waste can be made recyclable use or dump at remote suitable places somewhere in the country only Clean air must become part of the Swachh Bharat campaign.
Long term measures are the need of the hour. Short time measures like odd- even scheme of vehicles with so many exemptions is not enough. Even this measure implemented last year failed to achieve its objective. Increasing parking charges by four times is also a futile measure. A simple solution to the issue of ever increasing cars on roads is to ban the sale and purchase of cars in India, say, for at least five years. There are other serous reasons for air pollution too. Some other measures in the long run are: Minimise construction work-which is going on almost all over in cities, implement strictly industrial norms of pollution, remove on war footing dirty and filthy garbage from roads etc. Both the civil society and government must get their act together to control hazardous level of air pollution. Self-measures like use of public vehicles and a car to be used when absolute necessary etc. Keeping Clean surroundings by all citizens etc.
—M. Kumar,
B-49 Gulmohar Park New Delhi.



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