Human activities add to the pollution in already choking city of Delhi, here’s one from Dwakra
A toxic blanket of thick smog shrouds Delhi after the festival of lights saw indiscriminate bursting of crackers and neighboring states of Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana failed to regulate or curb stubble burning. The toxic smog has left the citizens of the metropolitan area gasping for clean air.
A public health emergency was declared in Delhi-NCR on the 1st of November by a Supreme Court mandated panel. All types of construction activity has been halted and banned, and schools have been shut till the 5th of November in the region. The Kejriwal led Delhi government plans to enforce the popular odd-even rule too, after a gap of almost three years this time around beginning from the 4th of November.
However, amidst the wide array of efforts undertaken by the Delhi government to reduce, check and control the pernicious and sickening pollution in the city, a fire has been raging in Dwarka since the last day of October itself. All while, the concerned authorities seem to be asleep.
Some upset residents residing close to the lit spot had lodged complaints about the emanating fumes and massive fires born out of a stack of piled up dried leaves on Friday. The fire was spotted near Sector 21 division of Dwarka. At the same spot, a tree-felling exercise has been undertaken under the supervision of the of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for the Dwarka Expressway Project.
According to reports so far, as many as 50 trees have been uprooted for the development of the same project. The event has prompted worried netizens of Dwarka to protest over social media. Many have taken to twitter and posted videos and pictures of the site, condemning the felling of trees and the environmental situation in the city.
The root cause of the fires that rage in Dwarka or who set the pile of leaves ablaze has not yet been determined by the concerned authorities. A formal has been filed with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
In another separate but not very distant incident, a scuffle between angry mob of lawyers and retaliatory group of police officers led to a police vehicle and several two wheelers being torched to black tar.
In an environment that calls for drastic measures to be taken and tough provisions to be enforced to curb and minimize the pollution in the city, to ensure that the citizens breathe, events like these can’t be tolerated. More smoke isn’t what Delhi needs.
By Jatin Pandey