New Delhi: In the election campaign so far, it was seen that the political parties or their candidates fighting the elections have somehow refrained from touching one of the key issues of toxic air pollution. But it seems that the people have made up their minds to vote for political parties or candidates who are willing to address this pertinent problem.
A Delhi-based association of residents called United Residents Joint Action (URJA) in association with the government had conducted Envecologic study to assess the public perception on Delhi’s air quality. The study was based on the responses of over 5,000 residents.
Now, citing the outcome of the study, the URJA has called for more attention on the pollution crisis. In the study, 65 per cent of the respondents believed that Delhi's air quality has reached a state of health emergency. A whopping 94 per cent of respondents have suffered from at least one ailment in the past one year due to air pollution.
Atul Goel, President of URJA said that it is an appropriate time to talk more on the issue of air pollution when people are going to elect a new government. It will set a roadmap which will serve them in next five years.
“The residents from each part of Delhi should not let the candidates forget air pollution issue whenever they come to seek vote. Reminding time and again will force them to talk on it and find a solution and not blame game,” Goel said.
It is a fact that Delhi is grappling with air pollution especially between November to January when air quality index rises to emergency levels - a category specified by Supreme Court-mandated Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority.