• Let's make Bangalore India's first cycling friendly city
    There is a global consensus that this pandemic is a wake-up call in how we set the new normal. Slipping back to old ways will be read as a sign of incompetence and wilful apathy in not willing to see the obvious. Societies that don’t learn to adapt, as history tells us, will be left behind losing all opportunities to grow and prosper. Bengaluru is not one of them. We have always led by taking risks, making dynamic changes and coming together as one family. This is one more such opportunity for us to adapt and make that change when no one else is. Consequent of the lockdown, Bengaluru’s air pollution rate has dropped by over 40% just with vehicles off the road. We know its impractical to continue this way, but with over 40 of the world’s major cities planning to go cycle and pedestrian-friendly, its time our city show the same intelligence and pro-environment action. We must not miss this window of opportunity to rethink our roads which will be difficult if things go back to old normal. Why? We have made tremendous gains in air quality these last few months and must find ways to sustain this for the long-term. If NY, London, Berlin, Paris and others can, we can too. It is widely accepted by experts that this virus is not going to abate anytime soon and the only way to mitigate spread is by social distancing and personal hygiene. Public transport and Metro systems worldwide has seen an 80% decline in usage due to high transmission risks in them. Going back to personal motor vehicles, experts agree, will not just congest the roads but most importantly will again pollute the city air which will worsen our respiratory system’s ability to fight a virus that attacks it. This is one major reason why cities around the world are prioritising cycle-friendly roads. Cycling/walking is a proven way to ensure public health and general well-being. Collective voice forces political action and it is important for us as a progressive city of the world, to enable and encourage non-motorised transport (NMT) on our roads as our commitment to doing our bit for the environment. Here’s what we ask our CM together: 1. Provide temporary pop-up bicycle tracks connecting industrial areas to efficiently restart the economy in a safe, environment-friendly and congestion-free mode. 2. Opening busy shopping streets as ONLY cycling and walking zones across the city and closed for motor vehicles to enable social distancing and safer retail activities. (for e.g., Church street after widening its footpath, reducing the carriage-way width and adding cycle-parking facilities has considerably spiked foot-falls into its businesses while reducing vehicular congestion). 3. Approve an NMT policy for the city and empower DULT to prepare a Comprehensive NMT plan for the city as well as an action plan to implement this. 4. Create an NMT cell headed by a technocrat - NMT Special Commissioner within BBMP. 5. Earmark a budget of 500 crores every year to BBMP NMT cell to ensure all streets in Bangalore have a useable footpath and are made cycle-friendly as per the Comprehensive NMT Plan & Action plan by DULT. Through this show of public opinion, the good citizens of Bengaluru want its elected leadership to show favourable political will in achieving what no other major city in India has done. Political will is directly proportional to the groundswell of public support. Help this petition reach every Bangalorean so we can proudly put our city on the map of global cities that not just beat the pandemic but shine its light to others in making brave new changes. Sign the petition NOW!
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  • Tribal communities need Economic Relief urgently
    Like the migrant workers, the tribals and forest dwellers are another marginalized community that have been neglected by the Indian government during the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown. The Finance Minister has announced an economic relief package which-as per experts and activists-has utterly failed to address the economic distress caused to the tribal communities by the COVID 19 outbreak and the sudden imposition of a complete lockdown. But on the contrary Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) funds of 6000 crores have been approved for the states in the pretext of creating tribal employment. The tribals and forest dwellers have persistently and relentlessly demanded the CAMPA funds to be handed over to the Gram sabhas. Instead with the Compensatory Afforestation Fund (CAF) in place, all the money is unjustly and illegally transferred to forest departments encouraging misuse of the funds for large scale monoculture plantations that have affected land and forest rights of tribals and have caused the destruction of biodiversity. . Earlier in May a few civil society organizations, researchers and activists submitted a report to the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, highlighting the concerns of the Adivasi community: 1. Crippling lack of public healthcare that severely limits the capacities to curb the spread of the disease. 2. Tens of thousands of tribal migrants stranded in cities. 3. Lack of institutional mechanisms and access for procurement and distribution of minor forest produce (MFP). 4. Rampant deforestation in the name of forest land diversion without the consent of the communities. 5. Violations and non-implementation of progressive legislations like the Forest Rights Act (FRA), 2006, and The Provisions of the Panchayats (Extension to the Scheduled Areas) Act (PESA), 1996. Sign this petition asking the Ministry of Forest and Environment to support demands for an economic package for tribal communities and direct transfer of CAMPA funds to the gram sabhas of the tribal communities and not the forest department. Sources: 1. https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/economy/atma-nirbhar-bharat-campa-funds-of-rs-6000-crore-for-tribal-employment-in-forestry-jobs-says-fm-5266891.html 2. https://www.fra.org.in/document/COVID-19%20Assessment%20Report.pdf
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  • Save Dehing Patkai
    Referred to as the "Amazon of the East", the pristine forestland of Saleki proposed reserve forest is under threat. On April 24, 2020, the National Board of Wild Life gave the green light for a 98.59 hectares coal mining project by North Eastern Coal Field (NECF) — a unit of Coal India Limited. This land is part of the Dehing Patkai Elephant Reserve, under the current ruling 57.02 hectares of forest land has already been in use by Coal India Limited. NBWL asked that the remaining 41.39 hectares of the unbroken area be used for this project. This area covers most of the Elephant Reserve, with opencast mining (a type of mining technique involving open trenches) being one of the most environmentally harmful techniques. Opencast mining operations involve huge quantities of soil removal, dumping, and backfilling in excavated areas. Leading to a sort of slope around the mining area, as it is dug into. This slope is not always stable and does often lead to dump failures resulting in the loss of human life. Not to mention the increase in the rate of accumulation of waste dumps. It is easy to overburden the Saleki biodiversity with this mechanical destruction of its land. Not only this but the “unbroken area” mentioned is on a steep hill slope that is part of the Dehing Patkai Elephant reserve. It is a prime location for a dump failure to potentially occur. Elephant biologist Mr M Ananda Kumar said “Elephant herds have strong fidelity to their range. They move around the same area for many years. Obviously such projects will affect their movement and demographics...conflict is bound to increase if there are human-dominated areas in the neighbourhood.”1 We urge the Chairman of the National Board to reconsider this project. We also urge the Chief Minister of Assam to stop any current and future coal mining project in Saleki and the whole of the Dehing Patkai Elephant reserve. The Dehing Patkai region is already threatened by high polluting industries, such as coal mines, oil refineries, gas drilling, which result in deforestation, loss of biodiversity, adverse climate change. Affecting agriculture as well as the health of people and animals around the area. Now is the time to ensure that we protect our wildlife fiercely if anything is becoming clear it is that the need of the hour to protect against climate change. Not give in to lobbying groups that will only worsen the living conditions for all living beings around the region. Articles: https://steelguru.com/coal/national-board-for-wildlife-permits-coal-mining-in-dehing-patkai-elephant-reserve-in-assam/558695 https://science.thewire.in/environment/dehing-patkai-elephant-reserve-nbwl-mining/
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  • More than 26,000 deaths! Recognize Heat waves as 'Natural Calamity'
    The Issue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUUfjuDxkeE?showEmbed=true Heat waves are a phenomenon of abnormally high temperature conditions, which when goes beyond body’s adaptation capacity, can cause serious health complications and even death. Heat waves annually grip more than 15 states of the country for around two months. As per the Government figures, from 1992 to 2019, heat waves have caused more than 26,000 deaths across the country. Most of these deaths have been recorded in the states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Odisha. In 2015, more than 2000 deaths were recorded. To put it in perspective, heat waves account for the third highest number of deaths due to natural events, second only to lightening and earthquakes. Heat waves can be predicted well in advance, and deaths can be avoided by implementing some simple adaptation measures. In absence of such measures, the outdoor workers like agricultural labourers, coastal community dwellers, and poor without adaptation capacities, face serious heat related health risks, which may even lead to deaths! Extreme heat may also cause fatal dehydration among livestock and birds. In March 2019, dehydrated birds fell out of sky when Bengaluru temperature hit 37 degrees Celsius. Every summer, parts of Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Delhi, Telangana, and Maharashtra have been burning at 47-51 degrees Celsius. Research shows that heat waves will become harsher and deadlier due to climate change. In some regions like the Chota Nagpur Plateau, blazing summer temperatures may rise beyond the limits of survivability!! Despite such a high number of fatalities and their growing severity, heat waves are not recognized as a 'natural disaster' by the Government. This not only affects the family of deceased who should get compensation but also obstructs a much needed national coordination to manage this annual disaster, which is experienced by more than 65% population of the country. It also impedes a much needed coordination amongst the Health Department, IMD and Local Governments, that will help in ensuring better preparedness for achieving the goal of Zero Heat wave related Mortality. Heat waves are easily predictable and deaths are avoidable, but if timely steps are not taken, we will keep losing human and animal lives to this 'silent' killer! Solutions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbB_GRFOxFE?showEmbed=true
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  • लॉकडाऊनच्या काळात पालापाचोळा जाळण्याच्या घटनांना आळा घाला; Stop garbage burning in Maharashtra.
    कोरोनाचा प्रसार लवकरात लवकर रोखण्यासाठी आणि संसर्ग टाळण्यासाठी देशभरात लॉक डाऊनसुरु आहे. महाराष्ट्र राज्यात कोरोनाच्या सर्वाधिक केसेस असल्यामुळे 17 मे पर्यंत हा लॉकडाऊन सुरु राहील. प्रधानमंत्री कार्यालय आणि मुख्यमंत्री कार्यालयाकडून आलेल्या सूचनांमध्ये आपली रोग प्रतिकारशक्ती (immunity) जपणे आणि वाढवणे याला प्राधान्य दिले गेले आहे. परंतु, उघड्यावर कचरा जाळल्याने त्याचा दुष्परिणाम आपल्या आरोग्य क्षमतेवर पर्यायाने रोगप्रतिकारक क्षमतेवर होऊन आपले स्वास्थ्य निरोगी राहत नाही. आजघडीला शहरी भागात उघड्यावर कचरा जाळण्याचे चित्र मोठ्या प्रमाणात पाहायला भेटते आहे. आपल्याला माहित आहे कि उघड्यावर कचरा जाळल्याने श्वसनाच्या समस्यांमध्ये वाढ होते. कोरोना हा श्वसनप्रक्रियेशी निगडीत आजार आहे. हार्वर्ड युनिव्हर्सिटीने अमेरिकेतील कोरोनाची लागण झालेल्या आणि त्यामध्ये मृत झालेल्या व्यक्तींचा data घेऊन केलेल्या अभ्यासात PM २.५ म्हणजे धूर आणि धुळीचे अतिसूक्ष्म कण ज्या ठिकाणी जास्त होते त्या ठिकाणी मृत झालेल्या व्यक्तींचे प्रमाण अधिक आढळून आले.[1] असाच अभ्यास इटलीतील मिलान शहरातील कोरोना (covid 19) लागण आणि मृत पावलेल्या व्यक्तींवर करण्यात आला. त्यातही वारंवार वायू प्रदूषणाला सामोरे जाणाऱ्या व्यक्तींमध्ये (prolong exposure to Air Pollution) मृत्यूचे प्रमाण अधिक आढळून आले.[2] महाराष्ट्रात अनेक शहरांमध्ये कचरा आणि पालापाचोळा जाळण्याचे प्रमाण मोठ्या प्रमाणात आहे. झटका डॉट ऑर्गला मिळालेल्या तक्रारींनुसार पुणे, नाशिक, सोलापूर, नवी मुंबई अशा अनेक शहरांत एकाच ठिकाणी अनेक वर्ष कचरा जाळण्याचे प्रमाण मोठ्या प्रमाणात आहे. इतरही अनेक शहरात कचरा आणि पालापाचोळा जाळला जातो. केंद्रीय प्रदूषण नियंत्रण मंडळाने भारतात कुठेही कचरा किंवा पालापाचोळा जाळणे हा दंडात्मक गुन्हा असून त्यावर त्वरित कारवाई करावी असे आदेश दिले आहेत. पण अजूनही अनेक महानगरपालिका या मुद्याकडे सर्रास दुर्लक्ष करत आहेत. उघड्यावर कचरा जाळला जाऊ नये याची खबरदारी घेत पाला-पाचोळा/ कचरा जमा करण्यासाठी सगळ्या महानगरपालिकांना त्वरित स्वतंत्र घंटा-गाड्या सोडण्याचे आदेश देण्यात यावे. As India battles the Covid-19 pandemic, the national lockdown hopes to flatten the curve so normalcy ensues. However, as businesses and daily lives have erupted, civic issues are rearing their ugly head -- foremost of which is waste management. Several cities in Maharashtra mainly Solapur, Uran, Nashik, Pune have seen an upswing in garbage burning, which greatly jeopardizes the health of citizens. At a time when strong immunity and staying healthy is very important, the toxic fumes from burning garbage pose a great risk. Studies have linked Covid-19 deaths to compromised immunity (air pollution is a big factor) and we cannot be cautious enough.[1][2] Municipal corporations need to crack down on the issue urgently. [1] https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/07/climate/air-pollution-coronavirus-covid.html [2] https://www.ft.com/content/21f4ff6f-57ac-43cc-ae5b-602a127553de https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVCAB7Z5nT0
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  • Send your comments on EIA Draft notification 2020
    Earlier last month, the Ministry of Environment proposed a new set of recommendations around environmental clearances in India in the form of the draft Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) notification 2020. The primary and most obvious concern around these new recommendations is that they heavily favor industries and not the environment. It proposes to ease processes for business, does away with public hearings for many crucial development projects, and has eased rules for expansion of projects among other things. At a time when we’re grappling with the impact of climate change, a draft that prioritizes unsustainable development sets a dangerous precedent. In the environment clearance process, public consultation is an important component. The concerns of local affected persons and communities, who have a stake in the environmental impact of the project, must be taken into account while the project is being designed. This draft notification though has merely expanded the list of projects that don’t need a public consultation before getting environment clearances. Environmentalists believe the draft is completely contrary to the principles of environmental protection. By giving discretionary powers to authorities and legitimizing the illegalities committed by industries, The draft will unleash a great deal of harm on our environment. Send this email to the Ministry of Environment NOW and stop them from diluting the EIA notification 2006 further. In partnership with Citizen consumer and civic action group (CAG), we have created a template email that you can undersign and send to the Ministry of Environment before August 11.
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  • Does Bangalore have a post-COVID 19 transport plan?
    COVID -19 has brought a city bustling with traffic to a halt. We are all hoping all our lives would be back to normal once the lockdown is lifted. Bangalore, the IT hub of the country, has attracted intercity travel and likely people would return once the lockdown is over. This pandemic is a sort of reminder that our present transportation system is not robust enough to address problems people are facing in the lockdown period. A recent study published by the Indian Institute of Science also suggested that there is a need for policy intervention to tackle post-lockdown mobility in the city. In fact, it also suggests that the lockdown in some sense provides an opportunity of achieving a sustainable transportation system as currently, the traffic (intra-city and inter-city) is at its minimum and it is likely to come to take time before the traffic hits again with a full blow. “It is like a "restart" for the traffic” as suggested in the study. The transport sector connects us all and it is important that transport agencies provide assurances to individuals that public transport is safe after the peak period is over. Some of those could include Cross department coordination to take necessary steps to keep the premises of bus stops and buses clean by disinfecting these areas. Equip Public transit hubs like bus stops with hand sanitizers and/or washbasins as seen in Kerala. Safety measures message to public transportation commuters is to use agency website, social media platforms, newspapers etc, which shows the measures taken by the transit agency to ensure the passenger’s safety. A post-COVID-19 awareness plan will help citizens build trust for public transport in the city. Sign the petition now asking DULT to prioritise a post COVID- 19 action plan for Bangalore’s transport system. Take our survey https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfHTwJaachnF6yBog_IeDVLO06PLTIboycLYDyzgGOaigfU6g/viewform?usp=sf_link Sources https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/covid-19-iisc-bengaluru-submits-reports-on-tackling-transport-challenges-post-shutdown/articleshow/75087267.cms
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  • Send message on parking policy, Bangalore
    Bangalore’s traffic woes are not news to any of us. Bengaluru already has more vehicles per capita than any other city in India. When they are not in use, these vehicles need parking spots. Not only is the number of vehicles increasing rapidly, simultaneously the city’s population is also expected to expand, which would further increase the demand for parking spaces, especially in central areas. In six years, Karnataka’s urban development department has come up with two different policies on vehicular parking in Bengaluru. In fact, the first parking policy came nearly 2 decades ago in 2012. The caveat of paid parking in most parking policies has been met with resistance from citizens across the country. The need of the hour is more investment towards a robust public transport system and therefore it is important that this Parking policy Prioritises the last mile connectivity to users given the policy suggests prohibiting parking within 150 metres of Metro stations, TTMCs or suburban rail stations or any other major public transit stations Prepare detailed Area Parking Plans in consultation with ward committees. Ensure strict enforcement of decongestion fee and proof of parking for residential areas. Provide details for smooth implementation of residential parking priced through a permit-based system In many ways, having this parking policy will do wonders to clear up the congestion in Bengaluru, and also help in making the city’s mobility system more organised and structured. All it needs is citizen support and political will to ensure it comes into action soon. Department of Urban Land and Transport is inviting suggestions on the policy until April 15, 2020. Do your bit now! , Send the message now urging DULT to ensure enforcement of parking policy.
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  • Clear Uran's Bori Pakhadi garbage dumping site.
    3000 residents of Bori Pakhadi, Uran are facing serious health problems due to toxic fumes coming from the garbage being burned at the dumping site just meters away from their homes. After repetitive complaints by local NGOs and residents to the Prime Ministers Office, Uran Municipal Council (UMC) promised to move the dumping site in December 2019. But this hasn’t happened yet -- instead, the UMC continues to dump more waste, without segregation on the site. Constant exposure to the toxic fumes from this site is making the elderly and children of Bori Pakhadi sick. Many of them have developed upper and lower respiratory tract problems leading to breathing trouble and asthma. Sign this petition to demand that the dumping at this site be stopped immediately and the site be cleared as per the MPCC orders. Sources: 1. https://www.mid-day.com/articles/burning-garbage-dump-leaves-3000-in-uran-vulnerable-to-infection/22696399
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  • Railway of Doom: Save the Western Ghats
    A project that environmentalists have been opposing for decades - The Hubbali-Ankola rail line was given a go-ahead by CM Yediyurappa on the 21st of March ironically coinciding with World Forests Day. This decision means the eradication of forest land up to 727 hectares, with a track that cuts through 80% of the Western Ghats. A plan that been rejected from its inception in 1997- till the present, the Hubballi-Ankola railway is slated to run from Hubballi in Dharwad district to Ankola in Uttara Kannada district over a distance of 168 km, cutting through dense forests of the Western Ghats. The railway track is proposed to be laid in two biodiversity hotspots – the Kali Tiger Reserve and Bedthi Conservation Reserve. A conservative number of 2.2 lakh trees at least, will be lost to this project. According to a National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) report on the project, the forests through which the railway line cuts, supports 29 species of mammals, 256 species of birds, 8 species of reptiles, and 50 species of butterflies. The majority of the mammals are in the IUCN red list and also protected under the Wildlife Conservation Act 1972. The NTCA was also not the only environmental body to object to this disastrous plan, the National Board for Wildlife and the Central Empowered Committee also rejected these plans. But why is the CM still hell-bent on going ahead with these plans? We as citizens need to speak out against this atrocious project, which is not only harmful to all the living beings in the Ghat’s but also to the taxpayer’s money. This rail line might soon be defunct with the projected decline in mining activity in the region, there is also an ADB-funded road that is underutilized near this area. This makes rail line an exercise in futility that will result in cruel harm to our environment and the ecosystems of many animals. While the line has approval from the State board, it is still not too late. It must be approved by the National Board for Wildlife to continue, let’s make sure that the buck stops there. We cannot allow this to happen under our watch! Join this to petition the chairman of the National Board for Wildlife PM Modi to stop this terrible scheme.
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  • Smog Towers won’t fix Delhi’s pollution
    The Delhi government, in an ambitious project to reduce air pollution (by two thirds in the next 5 years) in the city has decided to allocate 30 crore rupees for the installation of Smog Towers in its annual budget. However, experts have expressed their concerns over such ‘band-aid fixes’ and how they could prove to be more damaging than useful in the future. A prototype tower has been fitted at Lajpat Nagar with the collaborative effort of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), University of Minnesota, IIT Mumbai and IIT Delhi. This 20 ft tower was set up at a cost of 7 lakhs and will need an additional amount of INR 30,000/ month for maintenance. With a limited radius of 50 meters, Delhi will require 2.5 million similar smog towers to curb air pollution and a capital investment of INR 1,700 billion. In November, the Supreme Court had directed the Centre and the Delhi government to prepare a plan to install ‘smog towers’ across the capital to deal with air pollution. In December, members and advisers of Care for Air, a non-profit had written an open letter to the Supreme Court urging them not to direct any governments, local, state, or central, to spend public money to purchase expensive smog towers. They believe these are completely useless in bringing down PM2.5 levels by any significant amount, and could even add to pollution when their filters are disposed of in our already overflowing landfills, and eventually burnt. Air pollution, specifically the more lethal PM2.5 particulate matter can only be controlled by eliminating emissions at all known sources. Any other way is bound to be inefficient, ineffective, and unscientific, and can only buy time – but which we are paying with our breaths every day. The air we care about is the air we breathe. Outdoor air purifiers are inadvisable. Such installations give citizens a false sense of complacency and assurance, making them feel they are getting healthier and have access to air of better quality. Such populist decisions make people feel that the government is doing something positive to solve this giant problem. At this point in a health emergency, we need much more than reassurance. We need action – and not just any action. We need strong action that yields the desired result: a real and significant reduction in PM2.5 levels. Sign this petition demanding that no more money be allocated, or spent, on the installation of smog towers! Sources: 1. https://www.livemint.com/news/india/budget-delhi-targets-66-reduction-in-pollution-sets-aside-rs-30-cr-for-smog-towers-11584976973681.html 2. https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/delhi-gets-its-first-smog-tower-what-is-it-and-how-does-it-work-6200858/ 3. https://youtu.be/P1WKL8AJUw8 4. https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/to-tackle-pollution-smog-tower-to-come-up-in-delhi-6136680/ 5. https://thewire.in/environment/new-delhi-air-pollution-stubble-burning-supreme-court-industry-smog-towers-outdoor-air-purifiers
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  • सोलापूर शहरातील कचरा जाळण्याच्या घटनांना त्वरित आळा घाला.
    सोलापूर हे तुलनेने महाराष्ट्रीतील इतर शहरांपेक्षा लहान आणि कमी लोकसंख्येचे शहर आहे. त्यामुळे वाढत्या रहदारीमुळे आणि बांधकामाशी निगडित कामांमुळे होणारे प्रदूषण या शहरात कमी आहे, पण तरीही या शहराचा Air Quality Index अनेकवेळा १०० च्या वर असतो. स्थानिकांनी केलेल्या तक्रारीनंतर असे लक्षात आले कि सोलापूर शहरात घरगुती कचरा व्यवस्थापन जरी चांगले असले तरी झाडांचा पालापाचोळा (Garden Waste) सर्रास जाळला जातो. यामुळे शहरातील नागरिकांना धुराचा त्रास सहन करावा लागतो. झाडांचा पालापाचोळा जाळला जाताना बहुतेक वेळा त्याच्या आजूबाजूला असलेले प्लास्टिक, रबर अशा गोष्टी सुद्धा जाळल्या जातात. या जैविक आणि अजैविक कचऱ्याच्या मिश्रणातून विषारी धूर बाहेर पडतो. हा धूर श्वसनातून शरीरात गेल्यावर घातक ठरू शकतो. हा कचरा निवासी भागांच्या जवळ जाळला जात असल्याने धुराचा लहान बालके,आणि वयस्कर नागरिकांना त्रास होतो. सातत्याने कचरा जाळल्याने कमी प्रतिकारशक्ती असलेल्या लोकांना श्वसनाचे आजार बळावण्याची शक्यता असते. दम्याच्या रुग्णांना याचा सार्वधिक त्रास होऊ शकतो. साथीच्या आजारांमध्ये झपाट्याने वाढ होत असताना वयोवृद्ध तसेच रोगप्रतिकारशक्ती कमी असलेल्या नागरीकांना या आजारांची लागण होण्याची शक्यता अधिक असल्याची बाब समोर आली आहे. अशावेळी मानवी वस्तीच्या जवळ जाळला जाणारा हा कचरा घातक ठरू शकतो. सोलापूर महानगरपालिकेने या बाबीची त्वरित दखल घेऊन कारवाई करावी अशी आमची मागणी आहे. त्याचप्रमाणे कचरा जाळण्याच्या या घटनांना कायमचा आळा घालण्यासाठी कचरा व्यवस्थापनाच्या सुधारित कार्यपद्धती तयार कराव्यात.
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