New Delhi, it seems, is choking to death day by day. The problems are unlimited, but there are no apparent solutions. The present government of New Delhi has tried to execute its pitch of reducing the pollution levels in the air in the national capital, but they seem to have failed in a big way, thanks to the bureaucratic and political interventions. From designing the odd-even rule to finding more ecological ways of power generation, the government has left no stones unturned to ensure that the citizens lead a healthy life.
Needless to say, Delhi's environmental sustainability, ecology and air quality have been under immense pressure given the bumper population boost in the last few years. Experts believe that the burden on the city has multiplied, thus deteriorating the condition of the city rapidly as it suffers from the urban heat island effect, compounded by the effects of urbanisation, unequal rural growth and climate change.
The political apathy that follows reaches an alarming level as unified planning, scientific thinking, engineering innovation, administrative compliance and cross-national cooperation fail to work together toward the air pollution control in the city.
Incidentally, the efforts made by the Delhi Government were single-sided and lacked backing with the bureaucrats standing in the way with dharnas and strikes. The strike ahead of the odd-even execution is a case in point. While the public supported the odd-even regulation enthusiastically, there was pressure from all political quarters to plug the initiative. The Delhi government, however, did not stop at that. According to an article by the FIRSTPOST, it cracked down upon waste burning at over 550 sites, apart from controlling the dust due to improper construction through 1300 fines, even against government organisations. Public transport was encouraged and it indeed received an overwhelming response on odd-even days.
All said and done, the Delhi government has to combat forces that are much more bothersome and given its reputation, it would certainly take some time before things, including the pollution check, will fall back in place.
Meanwhile, social media is going berserk with hilarious tweets and messages from people across the country. Some, even combined digs at the Indigo incident and the pollution in Delhi.
Delhi Pollution (Nov-Dec)— Amit Paranjape (@aparanjape) November 11, 2017
Pune Water (Apr-May)
Mumbai Infra (July-Aug)
We worry, scream, shout about crisis issues only for a few weeks a year ...rest of the year conveniently forget, 'Chalta Hai', 'What Problem?'....until next year! :(
Cow is the only animal which inhales & exhales oxygen. Thus, pollution in Delhi is a direct consequence of the declining population of cows. Cows are declining because Muslims & Dalits eat beef. Ergo, Muslims & Dalits responsible for the pollution in Delhi.— Anubhav Singh (@lucifer_damned) November 11, 2017
#DelhiSmog and #delhipollution remind me of us having #FrogSyndrom where the frog in lukewarm water with rising temp does not jump out n keep on adjustingrealise! By the time it decides to jump out it its too late!#Actnow 4 #PollutionFreeIndia— Rajendra Ratnoo IAS (@rratnoo) November 10, 2017
#Gurugram #DelhiSmog #DelhiPollution— SaniaShahbazHasnain (@saniahsnn) November 13, 2017
Smoking cigarettes is a personal choice..not a public affair!! Go home #delhi you're drunk, I mean high!!!
(This is at 1 in the afternoon🏭) pic.twitter.com/8XCucInWYJ
Breathing is the new capital punishment. #DelhiPollution— Praveen (@Pravmaga) November 12, 2017
Yesterday I was playing #Counterstrike on world server. One of the other player coughed with his headphones on. All the remaining players asked him "Bhaai, tu #Delhi se hai kya?" 😂😋#Lol #Lolwa#DelhiSmog #DelhiPollution #delhiAirpollution— Deval (@deval_g) November 12, 2017
Irony of Delhi air pollution pic.twitter.com/UgwrQ7fZK2— Jiba Lamichhane (@Jibalamichhane) November 11, 2017
What are you doing about the air pollution problem in Delhi?— PhD in Bakchodi (@Atheist_Krishna) November 8, 2017
- Writing letters
- Closing schools
- Blaming Modi
- Blaming Cars
- Blaming Buses
- Blaming Laura
- Blaming Lasoon
But what are you exactly doing?
If our Prime Minister actually stayed in Delhi for any length of time then perhaps action to mitigate air pollution might be taken.— Ramachandra Guha (@Ram_Guha) November 7, 2017
Travelling to Delhi via flight is like being in Khatron ke Khiladi— Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) November 10, 2017
Either the smog will kill you, or if you’re saved, Indigo crew will beat you to a pulp.
Arbaz- Delhi mein situation bohot dangerous hai— Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) November 8, 2017
Arbaz- Bohot #smog hai. Log bina dekhe gaadi chala rahe hain
CMs of Delhi & Punjab on Pollution. pic.twitter.com/hzhftNUhos— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) November 9, 2017
*Lands in Delhi*— P.R. (@pr_akash_raj) November 6, 2016
Me: Kuch b keh rahe hai log. Kidhar hai itna smog Delhi me!
Friend: Bhai kidhar dek k baat kar raha hai? Me peeche khada hu
*2 guys fighting in Delhi*— GRV (@MildlyClassic) November 7, 2017
Guy1: “Dekh loonga tujhe”
Guy2: “Lol. Not possible”#DelhiSmog
Report " Living in Delhi is just like smoking 50 cigarettes in a day "— Rofl Gandhi (@RoflGandhi_) November 8, 2017
Jaitley " nikaalo 1000-1000 rupaye sab "
Men smoke cigarettes.— Poonam Pandey (@iPoonampandey) November 10, 2017
Real mean smoke cigars.
Legends live in Delhi..#RTifagree ;) 😘
Tiger Zinda hai. 5 din ke liye Delhi bhejo apne aap mar jayega.— pnkj (@AskThePankazzzz) November 7, 2017
4 Seasons of Delhi:— Aladdin (@Alllahdin) November 10, 2017
1. People are dying of Heat
2. People are dying of Dengue/Chikungunya
2. People are dying of Pollution
3. People are dying of Cold Wave
CM of India........Cuz Delhi is India & India is Delhi. pic.twitter.com/wfBS0QMCb8— PhD in Bakchodi (@Atheist_Krishna) November 7, 2017
Kejriwal is a visionary leader that by mere announcing the #OddEven scheme, smog has gone, blue sky all over, flowers are blooming, oxygen in abundance, children are happily breathing & dancing— Ra_Bies (@Ra_Bies) November 9, 2017
Delhiite: Smog hasn't really made much of a difference! Before smog also we could never see Kejriwal working. #DelhiSmog— Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) November 8, 2017