I have a personal thing against owners of SUVs,yes, and I believe no reasonable society should allow these these Shitty Useless Vehicles plying on their roads and hence should be banned. Well, not only because I am almost, run over by these metallic junks everyday. Nor because I am object of these people’s contempt as they sit in their high and mighty position on their bungalow-on-wheels as I try to sneak through some gaps (since gaps are the only thing available on roads), looking down on me as if I have trespassed into their private property. But because, these diesel guzzling huge shoeboxes-on-wheels are converting the roads into a) a death traps for cyclist, motorists and normal people, b) a clogged drainpipe by consuming every available space and are also c) polluting the city like no other private vehicle.
The Indian capital ranked as world’s fifth megacity got a blow (Not just any blow, a low blow) to its development agenda when it was ranked the world’s most polluted city in 2015. Already notorious for being one of the most unsafe cities in past few years, Delhi’s problems only escalated with the government being notified by scientists world over that the city will soon be like an inside of a tandoor oven in if they continued with Business as Usual. The inhabitants of this city will be grilled like they grill chicken tikka in bylanes of Khan Market. Sandra Bullock’s tribulations in the movie ‘Gravity’ seems like a cakewalk compared to Delhi’s problems.
Air Pollution index in Delhi has been steadily on rise since past decade or so, but no one really paid any attention to it, be it central or state governments or the average citizen. Now, this was bound to happen alright. Major reason of pollution however can be attributed to the uncontrolled growth of the city devoid of any sustainable policies. But then, almost everything that makes Delhi, a capital city is working against it. The city has all the key factors for converting itself into a smoky Tandoor. Continue reading