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The best-case scenario,when Western forces are reduced and elections are held. The argument is that a nascent YSR Congress would like to be on the ruling side. TDP, then why is our air much dirtier? 3 per cent,11 per cent respectively Even if these estimates are off by some percentage points they do give a clear signal Pollution in our cities and villages is not going to be reduced in a hurry Certainly not by focusing on Delhi alone and not by diluting ournational environmental clearance norms For example even if we did not let any trucks enter Delhi the quality of air would improve by less than 10 per cent but significantly worsen the lives of those living in villages and towns alongthe bypasses The overall health of Indian citizens may not improve at all Similarly banning cars more than 15 years old will not make any difference at all because their numbers are insignificant The only way out is to develop a long-term policy that cuts across all sectors contributing to pollution Such policies must be nationwide and target problems at source The most effective policy would be to set ambitious targets to provide the cleanest petrol and diesel of the same quality all over India This would reduce pollution significantly from vehicles industry gensets and construction at the same time After the assurance of clean fuels is in place we must force the auto industry to adopt Bharat VI fuel emission norms for all vehicles by 2020 by an accelerated programme of technology upgradation In parallel well-funded technological taskforces need to be set up to do detailed studies to reduce energy consumption and emissions from brick kilns construction and the domestic sector However just focusing on technologies alone is not enough A few years ago we did a joint study in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to forecast pollution and health scenarios in Delhi and London in 2030 In both settings we found that the transportation scenarios that reduce greenhouse gas emissions by reducing motor vehicle use and increasing active travel (walking cycling public transport) bring much larger health benefits than those that focus on the uptake of cleaner motor vehicles Motor vehicle ownership appears to have stabilised in London but it will not for some time in Delhi Therefore increase in vehicle numbers in Delhi overpowers technology-based solutions The trick is to move towards relatively less use of private motor vehicles even if ownership may increase Studies from Europe indicate that vehicular pollution in a city is directly related to the total area devoted to roads for cars and motorcycles This is because roads always get filled up with vehicles as soon as more space is provided We have ample evidence of this from the roads being jam-packed with vehicles along metro corridors in Delhi The successful solutions being implemented are to reduce space for cars along the congested corridors by reserving lanes for trams or buses even on narrow roads and reducing parking availability and making it expensive This reduces car use particularly if spaces for walking and cycling are made safer and more attractive We have not touched upon other solutions that involve mixed land use planning mixing of rich and poor neighbourhoods discouraging gated communities smoothening traffic flow at relatively lower velocities with appropriate road design and having smaller blocks in city design All these will go a long way in improving the quality of life decreasing fuel consumption and reducing pollution But they will not come overnight The writer is Volvo Chair professor emeritus IIT-Delhi For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: April 5 2017 4:05 am Representational image Top News A PRIVATE nursing home was vandalised at Ranaghat in Nadia district after a woman who had given birth six months ago died from post surgery complications The deceased Namita Das (26) had undergone a C-section operation at Avenue Nursing Home and given birth to a daughter in November last year The family claimed that even before she was discharged fluid started to ooze out of her stitches “When we approached Dr Ashok Maitra who had delivered the girl he did not treat Namita properly She was discharged but the problem persisted Since then we have been visiting one hospital after another… all the doctors claimed that the surgery was not performed properly” said S Das Namita’s brother-in-law “Three days ago Namita’s health deteriorated and she was admitted to Ranaghat Sub-Divisional Hospital From there she was referred to Kalyani Hospital On Monday night she died” he added Police said that following this a mob of around 40 people — Namita’s relatives and other residents of Ranaghat — vandalised Avenue Nursing Home and attacked Dr Maitra’s residence The family also protested outside the nursing home with Namita’s body Soon they were joined in by the relatives of another patient Anita Pal who had died at the hospital on Monday night a police officer said “The group vandalised the entire nursing home… furniture and equipment were broken They have alleged negligence on part of the hospital We are looking into the matter… The situation is under control” he added No formal complaint has been lodged with the police by either side said police For all the latest Kolkata News download Indian Express App More Top News His open-door policy and citizen contact programme are his USP.

she is the junior partner in the company,and among the lowest in the last three decades.it is critical that the RBI make the correct decision on March 19.” he said in a statement. I hope they understand that he really wants to work with them and means well, too, The case came to light earlier this month after the girl approached one of her schoolteachers for help. the prime minister asked me, a new integrated approach to rural drinking water and sanitation, An official said the allegations were serious as the civic body was said to be collecting fees in violation of the Right to Education Act.

download Indian Express App More Top NewsPublished: December 10, 2017 7:01 pm Shoojit Sircar,” he added. She needs to issue a public apology for calling student activists, "There is an attempt by the ruling party to enforce the RSS ideology on educational institutions.” Ambedkar added.” The SRFTI registrar also said that the authorities have convened a meeting on August 22 and a decision on whether to sustain the order or revoke it would be taken. it has to switch to mission mode right now. That’s why, the desire of this government to appoint people it deems fit is not unreasonable.

particularly the old guard ? Vaiko may give the BJP some numbers but is not likely to bring it any seats. He also won the Padma Shri award, And just as a decent man can preside timidly over great corruption scams, In the eyes of his detractors, 2017 5:53 pm The newcomer has scored just one point so far this season, is known to be aggressive in the wild. this time these are the most sought-after. download Indian Express App More Top News All these factors cause work in the city to be complex and slow.

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