Dust menace exacerbates air pollution in Dwarka
Dwarka: Despite the declaration of dust as major polluting factor by the authorities, there has been no significant action to control the situation. The sub-city of Dwarka is also suffering dearly because of the dust pollution. Different sources of dust are contributing to the air pollution and causing problems to the people.
Dumping of debris in vacant land along metro corridor, dug up and neglected service lanes in front of societies, broken and damaged roads, dust lying on road sides, rampant construction across the sub-city are some of the major contributors to the pollution.
Community people are suffering due to diffusion of dust particle in the air leading breathlessness in the people having allergy to dust and Asthma. Even the healthy people are struggling during the morning or evening walks or jogging on the roads.
People living in the societies are facing problems due to dug up service lanes across the sub-city which have been lying in unnoticed state. Such roads were once dug up for laying of cables and are yet to be restored.
The dust is on the surface and flying in the air due to wind and the vehicles on the road.
Ravi Jaitely, a resident of Sector 7 said, “You can see how the service lane is full of dust in the various sectors. One side of the road is in dug up state and not restored by the authorities after the completion of work.”
“This is a persistent problem in whole Dwarka and the roads need urgent repairing and restoration as dust is flying in the air and we all are suffering from that. This is surprising that in this alarming situation when the whole national capital is suffering from pollution, dust is adding more pollution in the air,” he said.
The metro corridor and vacant plots are another major source of dust in the air as building materials and debris are being dumped in those areas. Debris can be seen under the metro line in sectors 8, 9 and 10 easily.
Also, the vacant land in front of the metro stations like Sector 9 and Sector 10 are also being used for debris dumping. On the dumping of debris, Dr Sumit Dookia from Golf Link Apartments in Sector 18A said, “How authorities are so unconcerned about the subject? Some of such plots are near to the residential pockets.”
Bad roads are creating dust in society areas and market areas. The stretches, which were supposed to be re-carpeted in the city, have been left without repairing and is creating more dust due to vehicles.
Residents said that this road was uprooted during monsoon but nothing was done. In Sector 3 and Sector 14, one could see how the potholes on the roads have been filled by debris causing dust.
JC Malhotra, a senior citizen in his eighties from Welcome Group CGHS in Sector 3 said, “We have been a victim here for about two years. Big potholes are filled with debris which creates dust. It enters in our society and causes suffocation. A person like me is compelled to wear mask.”
Shubra Swati, a resident of Sector 14 said, “Civic bodies are claiming that sweeping of roads was done through machine and there is no dust on roads. But the situation is different. Unless they work on maintenance of infrastructure and control illegal activities and construction violating the rules, the problem of dust would not be solved. They have to repair the roads, make the rules of construction implemented and also stop the dumping of debris to solve the problem in Dwarka.”