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Mundka residents set to lose their 147-acre open space

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New Delhi: The Kejriwal-led Delhi government’s move to set up an industrial complex in Mundka has left the residents of the area fuming.

Aiming to promote greenery across the pollution-ravaged Delhi, social activist Diwan Singh is carrying out a protest movement against the Kejriwal government.  His protest began when the government initiated a move to set up a commercial complex on the only available space of 147-acre ground in Mundka.

Diwan Singh told the NewsGram that the ground is the only available space in the locality that houses around 8 lakh people. Children come here to play as there is no other ground nearby.  However, the Delhi government is going to create an industrial complex on the ground.

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Lack of playgrounds and open space have forced the children to play on the streets making them prone to accidents. Moreover, setting up industrial complex would also increase the pollution in the city.

Diwan Singh urged the Delhi government to set up a biodiversity park with a playground encircling it. The government must refrain from creating a situation when the children curse the people in future for destroying the environment.

The social activist is running a campaign called ‘Mundka Kiradi Harit Abhiyan’ through which he is educating people and spreading awareness about the need for a healthy environment.

Backed by a dynamic and motivated team, his move is supported by professionals from the locality. He has a team of young people among them are a teacher and other professional who are motivating the public of their locality. His team did a survey in which they found out that every family has, at least, one member suffering from some disease because of the polluted air of Delhi.

A survey by the team revealed that at least one person from each family in the locality was suffering due to adverse effects of pollution.

Diwan Singh revealed that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s take on the matter had not only shocked him but also disheartened him. To Diwan Singh’s dismay Kejriwal focussed more on industrialisation rather than the future of the children.

 

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  • Rakesh Manchanda

    Arvind Kejriwal and PM Modi call themselves Nagar Sevaks and Champions of Swaraj but fail to consult residents who want a playground and suggest space of industrial complex away from the residential homes.

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Diesel Exhaust Converted Into Ink by Indian Innovators To Battle Air Pollution

Supervised by young engineers, workers at the start-up company Chakr Innovation in New Delhi cut and weld sheets of metal to make devices that will capture black plumes of smoke from diesel generators and convert it into ink.

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Supervised by young engineers, workers at the start-up company Chakr Innovation in New Delhi cut and weld sheets of metal to make devices that will capture black plumes of smoke from diesel generators and convert it into ink.

In a cabin, young engineers pore over drawings and hunch over computers as they explore more applications of the technology that they hope will aid progress in cleaning up the Indian capital’s toxic air – among the world’s dirtiest.

While the millions of cars that ply Delhi’s streets are usually blamed for the city’s deadly air pollution, another big culprit is the massive diesel generators used by industries and buildings to light up homes and offices during outages when power from the grid switches off – a frequent occurrence in summer. Installed in backyards and basements, they stay away from the public eye.

“Although vehicular emissions are the show stoppers, they are the ones which get the media attention, the silent polluters are the diesel generators,” says Arpit Dhupar, one of the three engineers who co-founded the start up.

The idea that this polluting smoke needs attention struck Dhupar three years ago as he sipped a glass of sugarcane juice at a roadside vendor and saw a wall blackened with the fumes of a diesel generator he was using.

It jolted him into joining with two others who co-founded the start-up to find a solution. Dhupar had experienced first hand the deadly impact of this pollution as he developed respiratory problems growing up in Delhi.

An Indian girls holds a banner during a protest against air pollution in New Delhi, India, Nov. 6, 2016.
An Indian girls holds a banner during a protest against air pollution in New Delhi, India, Nov. 6, 2016.

A new business

As the city’s dirty air becomes a serious health hazard for many citizens, it has turned into both a calling and a business opportunity for entrepreneurs looking at ways to improve air quality.

According to estimates, vehicles contribute 22 percent of the deadly PM 2.5 emissions in Delhi, while the share of diesel generators is about 15 percent. These emissions settle deep into the lungs, causing a host of respiratory problems.

After over two years of research and development, Chakr has begun selling devices to tap the diesel exhaust. They have been installed in 50 places, include public sector and private companies.

The technology involves cooling the exhaust in a “heat exchanger” where the tiny soot particles come together. These are then funneled into another chamber that captures 70 to 90 percent of the particulate matter. The carbon is isolated and converted into ink.

Among their first clients was one of the city’s top law firms, Jyoti Sagar Associates, which is housed in a building in Delhi’s business hub Gurgaon.

Making a contribution to minimizing the carbon footprint is a subject that is close to Sagar’s heart – his 32-year-old daughter has long suffered from the harmful effects of Delhi’s toxic air.

Motorists drive surrounded by smog, in New Delhi, India, Nov. 8, 2017.
Motorists drive surrounded by smog, in New Delhi, India, Nov. 8, 2017.

“This appealed to us straightaway, the technology is very impactful but is beautifully simple,” says Sagar. Since it could be retrofitted, it did not disrupt the day-to-day activities at the buzzing office. “Let’s be responsible. Let’s at least not leave behind a larger footprint of carbon. And if we can afford to control it, why not, it’s good for all,” he says.

At Chakr Innovation, cups, diaries and paper bags printed with the ink made from the exhaust serve as constant reminders of the amount of carbon emissions that would have escaped into the atmosphere.

There has been a lot of focus on improving Delhi’s air by reducing vehicular pollution and making more stringent norms for manufacturers, but the same has not happened for diesel generators. Although there are efforts to penalize businesses that dirty the atmosphere, this often prompts them to find ways to get around the norms.

Also Read: Exposure to Traffic-Related Pollution Poses Threat of Asthma in Kids

Tushar Mathur who joined the start up after working for ten years in the corporate sector feels converting smoke into ink is a viable solution. “Here is a technology which is completely sustainable, a win-win between businesses and environment,” says Mathur. (VOA)