A continuation on the outlook of Delhi

Following my post on the polluting industries in Delhi, just this morning, there is a news article about the crackdown on 146 polluting units in Delhi.

The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) has “launched a crackdown on polluting industries functioning illegally in the redevelopment area of Mandoli” (Figure 1 showing the location) (Panditi, 2016). This illustrates the strengthening of political will within Delhi to curb the rapidly increasing pollution amidst period of economic growth and industrialisation.

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Figure 1: Location of Mandoli (red pin) with reference to New Delhi

The sudden strengthening of political will is attributed to the increase awareness of the “poisonous emissions from factories and the burning of tyres and tress in the Mandol Industrial Area during the night hours” in November 2015 (ibid.). This parallels my early points on the importance of education and awareness on the emissions and harmful health effects. These two coupled together has the ability to drive forward actions either through top-down or bottom-up approach. The policymakers may be inclined to improve the health and well-being of the residents or the residents can push for political actions towards cleaning up their residential area.

However, it is important to note that bottom-up approach in these industrial areas have limited power due to their lack of representative power in the decision making of the industries and the governmental agencies. Collective efforts between the residents are required to drive bottom-up changes.

Moreover, even with top-down and bottom-up approach to actively curb industrial emissions of harmful pollutants into the atmosphere and water bodies, the lack of enforcement and regular checks as well as the exploitation of legal loopholes by the industries will also limits the effectiveness of the legislation in place. As such, DPCC have to step up on the regularity of checks on the emissions of these industries as well as tighten the legislation to minimise the loopholes available.

All in all, it is still satisfying to see Delhi have up their game on curbing industrial pollution and further efforts can be undertaken to improve the health and wellbeing of the people in the area. The closure of the 146 polluting units should also not be a one time event, continuous actions should be undertaken to continue deter industrial emissions among the industries.

References

Panditi, A. (2016). DPCC orders closure of 146 polluting units. The Times of India. Retrieved from http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/DPCC-orders-closure-of-146-polluting-units/articleshow/55057504.cms

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