Recently, HP Transport Minister G.S. Bali had announced that 300 HRTC buses that are nine-year-old will not ply on Himachal roads from January 1, 2016 to cut vehicular pollution. However, there is no change in the situation in 2016 as well.
It’s a matter of great concern that Himachal Pradesh administration has learned nothing from what vehicular pollution did to Delhi. Himachal Pradesh Transport Corporation (HRTC), Private Bus Transporters, Trucks etc. are the main culprits. Visibly polluting vehicles roam unchecked even on Capital City roads and Shimla Traffic Police stands like helpless witness to the destruction being carried out in the city.
The public has also accepted and learned to walk amid dense clouds of smoke. Indeed, the public is very tolerant toward increasing pollution. They have no idea that how lethal it is for their health, especially that of kids and elders. Patients with respiratory problems or asthma are at great risk.
The treachery of HP Pollution Control Board and State Government can be easily explained by the fact that no surveys were conducted in Himachal to measure air quality and level of lethal particulate matter (PM 2.5) in air. Shimla City is worst hit of all cities in Himachal. On the top of it, the rate of deforestation is also alarming. The climate of Shimla has seen hotter days this winter as compared to usual climate. There is no snowfall on Christmas or on New Year. The queen of hills has already lost so much. People will have to stand up and speak up to save what is left of Shimla before it’s too late.
Read: What are PM 2.5 particles and why they are lethal?: http://tinyurl.com/newpuho
It’s a request to citizens of Himachal that please report visibly polluting vehicles for their respective regions. Be smart and use your smartphones to contribute little toward your duty toward environment.
Ground Reality of the Clean, Green, and Smart-City Shimla
Although, Shimla City is clean and green in papers for the district administration, ugliness of ground reality is increasing with each day. Over-construction comes with another curse – construction waste. This curse has been haunting the city for past many years, but authorities are rarely heard taking any measures to prevent it.
For instance, the spot shown in the picture lies exactly between two recently installed Solar-Powered CCTV cameras and two warning boards of the Forest Department (Shimla Division) at Lalpani on Shimla-Dhalli bypass. Despite it, someone dumped large heap of construction waste on the night of April 1. The dump has covered almost half of the road width, and is hampering traffic flow. At night, it could easily lead to accidents. On April 3, it remains where it was dumped.
Where is administration?
What’s the use of CCTVs and warning boards when there is human surveillance from the administration?
It’s a fatal mistake to ignore environmental degradation that comes with dire consequences.
Wake Up, Speak Up, and Save Shimla
Teaching kids to be safe!
Kids are vulnerable to fall victim to strangers they come across every day, everywhere, at the parks, neighborhoods, even at schools. Not all strangers are threat, but not all of them are nice and normal people. Parents can protect their children from such strangers by teaching them to avoid strangers or report suspicious behavior of anyone around them.
What do you think?
How changing names would help Himachal?
Vishwa Hindu Parishad has reportedly asked Governor Acharya Devvrat to consider changing the names of historical places linked with the British colonial legacy, and discuss the issue with the state the Centre Govt.
Do you think that there is any valid reason to change the names here? Is it enough reason to change names because these names are reminders of British colonial legacy? Why shimla’s water shortage, roads, air pollution, recent jaundice outbreak, corruption etc. aren’t in the priority list of issues or demands here?