Our Silence is destroying Himachal!

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.

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