Cracker prob­lem in Delhi

Gulf News - - Your Turn - Eap­pen Elias By The reader is a lo­gis­tics man­ager, based in Dubai.

It’s alarm­ing that In­dia’s cap­i­tal, New Delhi, has wit­nessed the worst pol­lu­tion in re­cent years, as per the ar­ti­cle, “Poor feel the full blast of air pol­lu­tion”, Gulf

News, De­cem­ber 3.

It’s sad that a ma­jor­ity of the poor peo­ple can’t even af­ford to have pu­ri­fiers or masks to pro­tect them from pol­lu­tion. The read­ing of the pol­lu­tants in the at­mos­phere is 10 times more than the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion rec­om­men­da­tion. The in­crease in num­ber of au­to­mo­biles and car­bon diox­ide emis­sions from in­dus­tries and diesel gen­er­a­tors and power houses is high.

The lat­est crises started after the cel­e­bra­tions which took place for the fes­ti­val of Di­wali. Mil­lions of fire­crack­ers were set off in the air, thus pol­lut­ing the en­vi­ron­ment. This fes­ti­val is cel­e­brated through­out In­dia with the same pomp and fer­vour, but it’s al­ways Delhi that is worst af­fected.

The youth should join hands and cre­ate aware­ness among peo­ple be­fore such fes­ti­vals, so that peo­ple re­frain from burn­ing crack­ers. Steps can be taken to re­duce it by putting a re­stric­tion on the type of crack­ers used.

One day of hap­pi­ness ru­ins the lives of many, es­pe­cially those who suf­fer from heart ail­ments and other health is­sues. Healthy chil­dren can also be af­fected. I hope the res­i­dents of Delhi will wake up and re­alise the harm they are do­ing to them­selves. There is no point hold­ing ral­lies and cel­e­brat­ing days like “Earth Day” and “World En­vi­ron­ment Day” if such prac­tices are not im­ple­mented.

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