It is 1 am and residents in Okhla are sleeping. An action causing air pollution caught on camera will certainly make you sit and think that something is terribly wrong in Okhla with garbage in Abul Fazal Enclave be set on fire.
As residents are on their way home, a control smoke is bellowing at the open garbage site in Abul Fazal Enclave. As it is late night nobody knows who has set he garbage on fire but residents deeply concerned by such incidents as they know that it will only pollute the air in Jamia Nagar, a deprived locality in Delhi. The issue of burning waste in the open has been seriously taken up by the Delhi Government as the green body has already banned it.
Moreover, the Delhi government has also taken up a few steps to fight air pollution by implemented odd-even scheme twice in the last six months. Ironically its impact has not been felt in Okhla where residents are not only worried with waste burning in the open but also operation of a waste-to-energy plant in the locality, demanding its closure.
“Our battle is ongoing. We have written to several people, a case is ongoing at the National Green Tribunal. There are people who have shifted out because of the problems. We cannot open our windows as white or grey ash gets deposited on every surface possible,” Ranjit Devraj, a resident, told HT on the toxic plant.