Air & Noise Pollution

April 28, 2018

*Air pollution due to burning in the open: Municipal solid waste burning is a major cause of air pollution in Delhi-NCR.Although this is banned across the country, people are still unaware and use burning to dispose garbage easily.We monitor this with a network of keen volunteers who keep us updatedfrom time to time. We then present this information to concerned departments to stop the fire to minimize air pollution.

*Crop burning Control: Since 2012-13 we have started work on air pollution. Crop/agriculture residue burning in neighboring states of Delhi is one of the major causes of air pollution which also affects soil. SAFE members have been working in the areas of Punjab, Haryana, UP and Rajasthan to create more awareness, minimize burning. In last we have move to National Green Tribunal (NGT). Thus, because of some effort a ban on crop burning in these four states was introduced in the year 2015 by NGT. Now farmers have got subsidies to manage the crop residue and awareness generated has reduced air pollution and increased crop production. In every state (Punjab, Haryana, UP, Rajasthan) one model district is being worked upon which will become a crop burning free district. District level committee has been created in all the districts of these four states which will control crop burning. Given the severity of this issue, the central government has made provision of subsidy on machinery for it also in the budget (2018). However, more support needs to be provided to farmers for crop residue management.

* Recycling of Old & Used Tyres: Old & used tyres are being disposed in large quantities in India as scrap. This scrap is mostly burnt polluting the air as well as soil. Therefore, there is a need to make a policy about this by the central government and manufacturers to ensure reuse of the old tyres, recycle for new tyres manufacturing.

Noise pollution is a major problem in India and it has a serious impact on health.There are many reasons for noise pollution and mostly,vehicular pollution.People are not very aware of this. We are therefore working on awarenessabout this.We are constantly appealingto the concerned authoritiesto implement the law to curb noise pollution.Another focus area has been to create more awareness of the noise pollution caused by DJ (Disc Jockeys).