As Diwali and winters approach North India, the recurring threat of severe pollution looms large, especially over the country’s capital Delhi and the national capital region that includes cities like Gurugram and Noida.
The queues outside doctors’ clinics is increasing, absenteeism in schools is rising, medical stores are already stocking anti-pollution masks and the common man in the city is dreading the months ahead.
Diwali is important but many with small kids are already planning to be away from the capital as the pollution is only set to worsen in the coming days.
Is this the city we plan to have a future in?
Conversations and drives against pollution happen each year, yet, the results are dismal. What is required is an urgent need for a centre driven ‘pollution hatao’ campaign that the state-level governments and regional level administrations have to adopt.
If this isn’t done on an SOS basis, we will be responsible in killing the future generation because of the lack of an effective strategy to combat pollution on a war footing.
PM Modi has a mass appeal. We have seen it working on many issues during his previous tenure and also in his second innings. Pollution should be the next big agenda for him. In his next ‘Mann ki Baat’, he should focus on this.
It’s only then that the nation will wake up to the grim situation that the environmental mess has created. A man-made problem that needs us to stop, think and react.
His active initiative on campaigns like Swatch Bharat and Beti Bachao Beti Padhao has had an impact in the past. For the sake of India’s future generation, it requires urgent intervention from his side, to combat the menace of pollution.