I live in a city that like many other major cities of our great republic are turning into gas chambers.
Delhi had been in the news for a while now. If things get worse, fashion conscious Delhi’its may be forced to don attire that resemble a space suit, mask, oxygen cylinder, et al.
Many metros are queuing up to follow suit.
It’s worth a mention, Delhi’its in their quest for an administrator who could rescue them from the morass that congress left them in, elected Kejriwal, not once but twice, to deliver them from their misery.
As the saying goes, ‘from the frying pan and into the fire’ they ended up electing a ‘blame all but thyself’ guy whose only notable achievement, in my opinion, was the ‘Odd-Even’ experiment.
People did smirk at MODI when he talked about ‘toilets’ from the ramparts of the Red Fort. ‘Swach Bharat’ , another ambitious ‘abhyaan’ to rid the country of filth took off with great fanfare. Neta’s could be seen wilding brooms . Photo-ops with muck and a lowly besom became an ‘in thing’. But for a discernable change to emerge every citizen and every household has to act responsibly.
The time to act ais upon us. The time to compel the government to act against pollution should become our priority, not just for what’s left of our individual future, but for our progeny and the ensuing generations.
Sweden can show us the way, this Scandinavian country’s waste-to-energy system is amazingly efficient. Sweden recycles and sorts its trash so effectively that less than 1% ends up in landfills. Seeing garbage as a commodity, Sweden imports trash from other European countries to fuel its power needs. Maybe an in-toto replication may not be possible in India, but what stops us from giving it a try ? Even a semblance of what Sweden has achieved could do us a world of good.
Public transport is one area that needs immediate attention. An efficient and cheap mass transit mechanism has the potential to discourage usage of personal vehicles that contribute greatly to toxic emissions and SPM.
The bane of our Nation is the delayed projects. Metro rails take years to take shape. Better roads remain a pipe dream and to add to a commuters owes, city buses are highly polluting, ill-maintained and too few in numbers to effectively cater to a bludgeoning population.
Overall, instead of being ‘future proof’ our city planners and infrastructure is not even ‘present proof’ , it is at best ‘past proof’. No wonder every commuter invariably is forced to depend on his own conveyance to attend to his daily chores thereby adding to the pollution problem.
By now it should be amply evident to MODI that ‘Carrot’ dosen’t work with an ignorant population, and it’s time to wield the ‘Stick’. Now that the word ‘Surgical Strike’ is a happening word , there better be a ‘Surgical Strike’ on POLLUTION.
Picture Credit: THE FORTUNE STROKE
Author Mr. Narasimhan OSL is a consultant for Auto-LPG based in Hyderabad. He has interest in current affairs, likes to read a lot and write a bit.