By: Pune Pulse
November 7, 2023
Pune: Several residents of Vadgaon Sheri demanded effective action against the rising air pollution and deteriorating air quality in Pune.
Speaking to Pune Pulse, Raja Subramani, a resident of Viman Nagar said, “This air pollution & poor air quality in the city is an alarming situation. There are no advisories from any government body for this. All outdoor activities are being conducted daily. I was in a public space where I was coughing. It was so alarming that I wasn’t able to speak much due to coughing.”
Rachna Agarwal, a resident of Kalyani Nagar said, “I am asthmatic. Diwali adds to the change of weather. Increasing street traffic worsens pollution. The public transport system is pathetic with no support. Hence, we have to be very strict about not worsening the already existing air pollution in Pune. Why do we need something like Delhi or Noida where air pollution is too much? Eco-friendly systems, effective implementation of laws & rules instead of just being there on paper etc have to be done & maintained.”
Aaditya Patil, a resident of Kalyani Nagar said, “The alarming increase in air pollution here in Pune has left residents deeply concerned about health and quality of life. We can no longer ignore the persistent haze and the impact it’s having on our respiratory health. It’s disheartening to see our children and elderly suffering from breathing problems and sore throats due to the deteriorating air quality. We implore the authorities to take immediate and decisive action to address this critical issue. Stricter regulations on industrial emissions, investments in cleaner energy sources, and a robust public transportation system are not just options but necessities at this point. We need the government to step up and lead the way in ensuring our city’s air becomes safer to breathe. It’s our collective responsibility to demand and support these measures for a healthier and pollution-free Pune.”
Monica S, a resident of Kalyani Nagar said, “Air pollution in Pune has become a pressing concern, causing a rise in respiratory issues such as sore throats among residents. The deteriorating air quality not only affects our health but also hampers our daily lives. It is disheartening to witness the impact of pollution on our well-being, as we struggle with discomfort and compromised respiratory systems. Urgent measures need to be taken to address this issue, including stricter regulations on industrial emissions, promoting sustainable transportation and raising awareness about the importance of clean air. Together, we can strive for a healthier and pollution-free environment for the residents of Pune.”
Anuja Bali, a climate activist said, “We are going to be the next Delhi or Bombay. We must have very strict penalties for any kind of burning like garbage burning etc. We should have a very strict implementation of the PUC certificate so that we don’t have vehicles emitting black smoke. We need more buses as so many private vehicles are taking away road space, causing more & more traffic congestion. Vehicles must be switched off when stopped at a traffic signal etc. Heavy fines must be imposed against garbage or any other kind of burning. When someone tries to confront such offenders, they argue back. The administration must take charge to completely stop such things. Anyone can live without food or water for a certain amount of time, but can anyone live for even a tiny bit of time without breathing? This is my question to all who do not consider air pollution as a serious hazard. Hence, I hope we can end the issue of air pollution & poor air quality for good.”