By Mohd Shahjad
Delhi is the city of pollution hazard, according to URJA (United Resident Joint Action) Delhi has been facing a toxic level of air pollution from November 2018 to January 2019. Concurrently water pollution, the whole Yamuna passing by Delhi is polluted and stinks.
This worse condition of pollution causes diseases like cancer, respiratory and eye disease, many people have no choice to get them away from this toxic air. In the whole situation, children are getting more affected than youngsters due to their soft and smaller lungs. Article 21, right to life with dignity and article 48A, protection and improvement of environmental safeguard, both are insisting government make cities pollution free.
This is one side of the coin as the other side is more terrible than the previous one. Plants are considered to be an anti-pollution weapon that fights strongly against pollution. But here, the situation is inverse, particularly in Jamia Nagar; continued cutting of trees, bad condition of parks, increasing numbers of a vehicle, and stagnant implementation of policies are a matter of concern.
I was in Ashoka Park near Zakir Nagar which is the only park for whole Batla House and Zakir Nagar that contain a huge number of population. Existing green plants are in very less numbers, greenery is almost zero, no clear jogging track, no sitting chairs, no water availability, still no governmental reforms have been taken in previous 4 years. Proper hospital facility or the treatment is also limited. Life of the residents of Jamia Nagar is in danger.
Reason behind this laziness of the government is due to political benefits. Whole Jamia Nagar is at the peak of the pollution hazard. Increasing number of vehicles, no permanent place for parking, no proper waste bin, no proper management of cleaning staffs, no proper sewage system, no sufficient water supply make the lives of these people vulnerable.
Cure to prevent this big colony and a huge number of people from this man-made natural hazard is to spread awareness among the people. Among many steps that can be taken for better management of the waste, some are-
1. don’t use a private vehicle for single use only
2. don’t through garbage on Yamuna rive,
3. take collaborative action,
4. continue demanding the government for better policy implementation.
Both the government as well as the locals have to realise their respective responsibilities because without the involvement of local people, there is less possibility to make this area pollution free. This is the need of the hour that the government should focus on this ‘politically ignored area’ without any political discrimination.