Want A Lasting Solution? Tackle Pollution Sources Over The Year
The Times of India Delhi|December 05, 2021
Current Approach Focuses Only On A Few Of The 29 Pollutants In NCR: Experts
Kushagra Dixit
New Delhi: Every year, confronting the pollution means inconvenience of all sorts — closing down school, stopping construction work, regulating industries, arguing about stubble burning and halting diesel generator use, etc. These are temporary measures. What must Delhi and neighbouring cities do year-round to render the air breathable at all times?

The answer involves all the 29 sources of pollution, but at present, the pollution alleviation narrative is centred on just a few of them. Experts point out the loopholes in this approach, mainly related to inadequate public transport and end-mile connectivity, management of dust, construction and waste, outdated vehicular pollution monitoring system and the absence of a joint action plan.

Calling out the ‘very poor monitoring and enforcement mechanism’, Karthik Ganesan of Council on Energy, Environment and Water said, “Had there been a central monitoring and implementation system on pollution, then someone would have looked at IIT data to realise that emissions from Jhajjar in Haryana are abnormally high and sent aground team to fix it. But there is no central approach.”

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