Why Delhi’s air pollution problem never gets solved
'Who will do what needs to be done?' This is the question which continues to be off the radar of the policymakers and the end result is for everyone to see: Delhi remains trapped in an air pollution crisis
The capital city Delhi has yet again been ranked as the most polluted megacity in the world. Last year, the Delhi chief minister compared the city to a “gas chamber", while the Indian Medical Association issued a public warning saying it was in a state of “medical health emergency". United Airlines had cancelled some of its Delhi-bound flights, calling Delhi’s air quality toxic, with conditions similar to a “natural disaster". More than 2.2 million schoolchildren in Delhi are threatened with irreversible lung damage. Recently, the Delhi high court, taking suo motu notice of a fire in south Delhi, observed that endangering human lives due to air pollution, hazardous affluence and congestions cannot be tolerated. In the past, sensing government inaction, people of Delhi had even protested, demanding their right to breathe. All this indicates the extent to which air pollution has crippled public life in the city.