Pollution and India - The never-ending Saga
Pollution is on the rise and has become a never-ending saga that requires immediate attention and intervention. While the new five-year program is expected to decrease the prevalent pollution levels by around 30% in 102 cities across India, it requires our contribution as well. Want to know more? Just follow this link to our blog.
According to a survey report by the WHO, 9 cities out of thelist 10 most polluted cities in the world belong to India. Now that’s reallysaying something! Imagine, we have been breathing nothing but toxic and poisonousgas for quite some time now. Plus it doesn’t end there. Year on year, the issuejust multiplies manifold leaving us with a bunch of new respiratory and cardiacailments.
Soot, dust, toxic gases, particulate matter… you name it,andwe already have it in our system. So without mincing words, let’s just say, weare literally gasping in this epically tragic air quality we live in.
Gone are the days when lung cancer and respiratory ailmentswere reserved only for active and passivesmokers. Thanks to this never-ending saga of pollution, it is now free for all!There has been a drastic increase in the number of lung cancer patients andtheir age groups over the years.
While the situation has started improving with an increase inawareness among people, some cities like Gaya and Kanpur have made new recordsof having the worst pollution levels in the world. But now, we have an actionplan all set out by the government. Wenow have a set target designed by the Government-aided National Clean AirProgram for bringing down the national pollution level.
What does it Mean to Us?
This five-year program is expected to decrease the prevalentpollution levels by around 30% in 102 cities across India. If things go asplanned, we are looking at a more breathable and pollution-ridden environment. However,the issue is that, while the strategies work, change in government, elections,bureaucratic setbacks, and delays in implementation will prove to bedetrimental to the implementation.
Another aspect of thisis the fact that before initiating any action plan, the government has to look into its data collection systems and analyzeits credibility. Since the already computing systems are not that great,this five-year plan is bound to have to pass some major hurdles before finallygetting some action.
What the Plan Lacks
While the five-year plan sounds progressive and positive,what it lacks is a sector-wise setting of targets. After a decade of wait, weare only looking at a 30% reduction target. This may include vehicular andindustrial emissions,but that’s not theonly means of pollution prevalent in the society right?
The funding is the other problem we have almost forgottenhere. This program would require a massive amount of funding. According to anestimate, the government would need around $91million initially for the firsttwo years. While we have spent more for a statue, the more critical issues likepollution control would like always take a back seat.
So what is the solution? Do we just wait for the governmentto initiate and implement its plan? Not really. As a concerned citizen of thecountry, each one of us have a role toplay in curbing pollution. How good would itbe if you as an individual can share real-time pollution insights and data tothe concerned department and team which focuses on the implementation of such policies? You can do that and more with ourportable air quality monitors. Designed to fit into your purse, this small device can help gaugethe air quality with precision and accuracy. This is data that can speed up our5-year program right?
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