Does pollution control need to be an electoral issue to get solutions

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    Yet again, pollution is emerging as the foremost concern that threatens to engulf North India soon. Crop burning, vehicular & industrial pollution and other natural causes combine to create a disastrous winter year after year.

    Why are political bigwigs not able to work out substantial solutions? What is the road ahead for generations who call Delhi NCR their home?

    Crop burning in Haryana and Punjab, by far, remains the main source. Power plants, industrial waste and vehicles are the other big providers.

    So, what does this result in? Polluted air, Indian rivers that have turned into toxic drains and contaminated groundwater.

    And, what can be done?
    The government and environmental groups need to have enough monitoring stations. This number is very less as compared to the number of cities that are affected.

    They need to go on a war footing to formulate plans to bring pollution down to acceptable levels.

    A grave reason why this gets ignored is because pollution control is still not seen as an electoral issue. It is not a part of political agendas and speeches. Is it that our politicians do not want to take on the big polluters from the corporate sectors or the farmers, as both are vital for votes?

    Pollution control also requires heavy investment in equipment, machinery and implementation. Corporates, NGO’s and the government need to combine efforts to ward off this draculin menace. That is the only way forward.