With the ordeal they went through in the wake of the worst air pollution in Gurugram still fresh in their mind residents of the Millennium City decided to hold a massive protest march on Saturday at Leisure Valley Park in Sector 29 to highlight their plight.
Several Gurugram based groups including Citizens for Clean Air, Why Waste Your Waste, Gurgaon Moms, I am Gurgaon, Gurgaon First, Nasscom Haryana Council, Let’s Walk Gurgaon, Gurgaon Community Circle and many others have supported the cause calling it need of the hour to wake up the government to prioritise health.
They have drawn 10-point agenda which includes effective implementation of Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), development of designated dry waste collection centres, construction and demolition waste site, regularisation of selling construction material in residential area, road repair and mechanised sweeping of all roads, mandatory segregation at source, installation of air quality monitors, develop pedestrian path, cycling track and green cover which will be raised during the protest.
Ruchika Sethi Thakkar, founder of Citizens for Clean Air, said, “We all are breathing the same air whether you are living in the upscale society or in old Gurgaon. We all are suffering from the same problem. The air quality is poor round the year owing to several local factors and open garbage burning being major ones. Increased open burning is nothing but the failure of the civic authority to effectively implement solid waste management in the city.”
Through this protest, they all want effective implementation of the existing laws and fix accountability of civic authorities for environmental pollution which they allegedly failed to address.
Citizens from all walks of life, including women, children and senior citizens will gather at the Leisure Valley ground to urge the government to make the public health an utmost priority. The residents are planning to spread awareness among the people and to develop ways to bring a change in the society.
Nagarro CEO Manas Fuloria said, “We have to change our way of living including the way we commute, implement waste segregation at source and lots of others things. But the government should take the onus of their responsibility and if they have to take some hard call on the issue, then they must be considering the adverse impact on the people’s health. They should also set aside sufficient fund for proper disposal of stubble and should act firmly against waste burning.”