PCB should nail vehicles emitting pollution

JAMMU, OCT 10: Expressing his concern over rising levels of pollution in Jammu and Kashmir State which he said is badly affecting climate, PDP Zone President Jammu West, Puneet Singh Jamwal today said that keeping in view sanctity of festivals, aspirations of people and those who suffer due to poor quality of air, an amicable way out should also be worked out for this state where people could lead a good life. The ideal way, he said could be to celebrate festivals but not overdo everything that causes pollution. 


Taking a queue from Supreme Court order banning sale of firecrackers in National Capital Region (NCR) ahead of annual festival falling on October 19 a way must also be found out for Jammu and Kashmir which too experiences worst kind of pollution and affects many patients. Having smoke and noise free festivals is in larger interest of all, he said adding that impact of pollution levels must also be computed by Pollution Control Board (PCB) to have fare assessment so that remedial measures could be worked out. 


Like NCR, the state government must also setup air monitoring machines at select locations for a comprehensive study of pollution levels in different parts of the city before and after festival so that we could collectively find away out a way amicably to maintain desired levels of air quality. Meantime, PCB officials along with traffic authorities must also expedite their campaign against vehicles that generate pollution and those industries which don’t follow norms and are emitting smoke in air. 


This drive to a larger extent can help clean air and give people a quality life. Puneet Singh Jamwal said even the health authorities must also conduct a survey to understand immediate effects of rising pollution and assess the correlation between the air quality and breathing problems faced by citizens. If needed arise Also, the health authorities must also conduct a few health check-up camps for better understanding of rising levels of pollution and its impact on humans. 


Puneet Singh Jamwal added that every year thousands of children and senior citizens report breathing troubles including increased asthma during this period of the year and we must be sensitive towards the issue. He urged people to celebrate festivals with enthusiasm but not overdo anything that affect health of our own people. The festival of lights must be celebrated in its true spirit, he said adding that in Jammu and Kashmir a way out must be worked out wherein people’s sentiments are not hurt and desired levels of air quality is also maintained.