It is usual in Jamia Nagar to see waste and garbage being burned on roadside. People are habituated to living with the horrible smell of plastic, said a resident, adding that every day I see a man sweeping the road and then burning the waste unaware of the fact that how it is killing the environment.
“On one side the man is doing a great service by keeping the lane clean but at the same time he is killing the environment. Moreover, burning of wastes, plastic in open can get one in trouble and there is a fine of Rs 5,000. It is another story that in Jamia Nagar the law doesn’t apply for many people it is small thing,” said a resident, requesting anonymity.
He said: “Once I tried to convince that man but to no avail. I even told him that you could be fined. But every day when I pass from that lane in the morning I see waste being burned.”
Shockingly many residents are unaware of the fact that inhaling minute airborne pollutants reduces the life expectancy by an average of 3.4 years, according to a new study led by Pune-based Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM).
“Rapid expansion of industrial, urban, and traffic emissions has significantly increased the air pollution, especially over the past two decades. Upward trends in transportation, industrial and energy sectors, urbanization, population growth in India, along with climate change, will raise the levels of O3 and PM2.5 in the future, which could worsen the vulnerability of a growing population,” said Sachin Ghude, principal investigator, IITM.
OT hopes that after reading this report people will create awareness in their surroundings and discourage people from burning wastes in the open and report incidents to agencies.