STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Half-hearted attempts to fix Delhi air pollution

With the onset of winter round the corner, alarm bells are already ringing in the Delhi government and health circles over the annual rise in air pollution in the national capital.

Published: 15th October 2021 07:40 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th October 2021 07:40 AM   |  A+A-

pollution

Research studies have shown that the much touted odd-even experiment had little impact on the ground.

With the onset of winter round the corner, alarm bells are already ringing in the Delhi government and health circles over the annual rise in air pollution in the national capital. Given the density of vehicles on Delhi’s roads, one of the highest in the country, and its contribution to air pollution, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has appealed to the people to avoid using private vehicles for a day every week. Whether the public heeds his call remains to be seen but past attempts to reduce air pollution through such ad hoc measures have borne little fruit.

Research studies have shown that the much touted odd-even experiment had little impact on the ground. The same is said about the drive to switch off vehicle engines while waiting at road crossings. It is quite clear that such half attempts do not serve any purpose. The government and policymakers must therefore look at other measures to fight this yearly winter phenomenon. This could be a mix of tough short-term steps and a long-term vision to tackle air pollution. Among the tough steps could be a three-year moratorium on the purchase of a second vehicle by private citizens. The burgeoning number of vehicles in Delhi is alarming and it needs to be urgently checked. Another step could be a similar time-bound ban on non-priority big construction activity. Currently, the Central Vista and the Pragati Maidan redevelopment are two major sources of construction dust.

To support these measures, long-term policies such as the beefing up of public transportation facilities are the need of the hour so that the public does not have to rely on private vehicles for travel. On this front, the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi has fallen woefully short. Not only is the condition of buses pitiable, the Delhi Transport Corporation has hardly added any new vehicles to its fleet. The result is depleting buses on the road. The only ray of hope for the citizens is the metro, whose network is not expanding at the required pace. Lastly, to discourage stubble burning, the state governments in north India need to collectively look at monetary incentives for farmers rather than penal action, which has not worked.
 



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

edexworks
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp