National capitals are supposed to mark themselves as the best, for they embody the whole nation. But much to my shame, rather our shame, India’s capital is deprived of that what is expected. Yeah! WHO asserted Delhi to be the worst in the world if what being talked about is ‘air pollution’. ‘Rape Capital’ has persistently been Delhi’s tag, to top, ‘Pollution Capital’, one may assign this tag too.
It was reported in last July at parliament that 80 deaths that befall every day in Delhi bear this same one murderer ‘AIR’. Research also unveils, that apart from the pulmonary and respiratory disorders, pollutants are potent enough to damage chromosomes and DNA, culminating in deplorable abnormalities. But the concern for the city shot up after the air was detected with the festooned PM1 particles, 2.5 times under-sized as that of the usual PM2.5 matter. The ultrafine particles of PM1 are tiny enough to seep deeper into the lungs, eventually slipping in the bloodstream and manifesting as cardiovascular diseases and brain strokes.
90% of diesel emissions emit out PM1 particles warning it out clarion that Delhi’s transport system badly needs moderation and regulation. Who other than road star Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi CM, would come to Delhi’s rescue! Kejriwal’s hackneyed hunger-pangs for publicity is known to each of us. And he garners publicity best with his melodrama on the roads of Delhi. But this time his melodrama holds in substantial significance and fruitfulness. His campaign ‘Ab Bus Karein’ would instil the minds of Delhi with ‘one car per family’ strategy. Not only this, people will be also encouraged to practise carpooling and bicycling.
The campaign is scheduled on 22nd Oct and this day would see zero cars on the roads and to counterbalance the dearth of cars, roads will be facilitated with adequate public transport vehicles. This ploy has been devised by the CM to mark out the contrast difference between the pollution levels of a car-free and a car-full day. May it be one of the usual publicity stunts by Kejriwal but for the better cause it is. As long as the campaign serves the needful to the capital, doesn’t matter if the ‘Muffler Man’ reaps stardom for self.
Delhi hangs in between the life and death and it is only its own citizens who can light up their darkly unhealthy future.
Let us see if Arvind Kejriwals’s symbolic broom will clean the dirty air of Delhi.
By Prerna Daga