Today’s Times of India (1 November 2016) had this to say about atmospheric pollution in Noida: ‘Noida Air 9 Times Beyond Safe Limits.
I was not shocked when I read this, to be honest. It simply had to happen. Just look around you in UP. No one seems to be doing anything about pollution. We are either passive spectators or carelessly contributing to it. Garbage is burnt daily all over UP with impunity. Immersions of dead bodies and holy idols into rivers happen daily and all through the year. Every Diwali, in spite of so many campaigns, millions of polluting crackers are burnt.
Governments must remember that without public involvement, anti-pollution measures will have no meaning whatsoever. There seems to be a major disconnect here in UP and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav needs to steer his state out of useless politics and engage his people in more constructive activities.
Since I pass through Ghaziabad and Noida daily on my way to work, I feel concerned and writing this piece is my way of doing my bit for this situation as a writer. Take a close look at the pic above and you will understand what I mean.
Isn’t it sad, the way we vandalize our environment and let poor animals search for food in the ashes we leave behind?
Look closely at this pic. It was clicked at Noida, a town bordering Delhi. Apart from the buffaloes and garbage commonly seen in Delhi too, there is one more thing that’s an uncommon sight in Delhi. In case you are still guessing, it’s a white crane casually walking around!
A few days ago, I had to stay back in office for some work that couldn’t be postponed. By the time I came out, the sun was about to set. It glowed brightly with varigated hues of orange and down below, the smoldering garbage and malingering cattle were no longer so conspicuous. They had turned into mere shadows, covered with a black film of darkness…It was a lovely sight! That was when I realized that Nature never gets affected by ugliness around her and never, ever forgets to look beautiful, so why must I? With my spirits considerably lifted by this thought, I got into an auto and went home…
Poor fellow…Lounging on a bed of polythene bags…Somewhere in Noida…
I wonder what our so-called Gau-Rakshaks (bovine protectors) will say when they see this pic…This is at some place in UP (Uttar Pradesh), North India…
Yesterday, on 25 August 2016, apart from the usual headlines on murder, rapes, and suicides, our national dailies (links given below) were all agog with reports of our national highways planning to use mountains of garbage piled up at landfills like the one at Ghazipur. It filled me with hope and optimism. Let’s see how it goes.
The Hindu (http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/nhai-to-use-solid-waste-from-ghazipur-in-delhimeerut-expressway/article8770832.ece)
Mountains of garbage keep piling
In one corner;
While mounds of garbage burn
In the other,
At a place in UP,
The most populated state of India,