Shimla city’s air quality worsens as MC allows burning garbage and biomass in open
SHIMLA- Along with excess vehicular emissions, regular burning of garbage and biomass (tree leaves) is clearly visible in Shimla city. The Municipal Corporation’s failure to run the only waste-treatment plant has fueled garbage burning around Shimla city. In winters, people burn large amount of biomass for heating purpose too. According to a study, 60 percent air pollution in Delhi comes from these two practices. Added to vehicular pollution, garbage burning has turned Delhi into world’s most polluted city. These practices release large amounts of trace gases such as nitrogen oxides (NOx), CO, methane (CH4), non-methane hydrocarbon (NMHCs), carbon dioxide (CO2) and particulate matter. Therefore, Delhi High Court and the National Green Tribunal have ordered Delhi government to ensure complete prohibition on burning of biomass and garbage.
Unfortunately, neither Shimla administration has not learnt anything from Delhi air pollution catastrophe, nor public have any awareness regarding the issue. Garbage and biomass burning in Shimla city has reached new heights this winter. The MC seems to have directed sweepers to burn both garbage and biomass regularly because it’s being done openly as there is no waste-treatment plant. These practices must be prohibited immediately before its too late.