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For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Radhika Khosla Navroz K Dubash | Updated: April 20 2015 8:21 am Without sustained public pressure governments will not have the necessary backbone to take on the structures and interests that stymie action (Source: Express Archive) Related News By Navroz K Dubash Shibani Ghosh and Radhika Khosla Delhi may finally be approaching a tipping point in concerns about air quality The drumroll of evidence presented in the national and international media is getting steadily louder It is now official: Delhi is currently the most polluted city in the world according to the World Health Organisation based on the highest global readings of respirable suspended particulate matter (PM 25) that cause damage to the lungs And many other Indian cities are not far behind Statistics matter because they back up personal experience Many of us have family and friends who increasingly frequent hospitals for respiratory problems So how do we ensure that we make full use of the growing moment of concern around Delhi’s air The challenge is to generate a virtuous cycle where the growing public moment of sustained information and awareness-raising enables a political moment where governments view effective action on air quality as a vote-getter Both are necessary and complementary Without sustained public pressure governments will not have the necessary backbone to take on the structures and interests that stymie action Without government action the collective action problem is simply too large to solve The risk is that lukewarm public interest and expedient but ineffective government action will cause a vicious cycle of fatalism and paralysis How do we ensure the former is the outcome of the recent upsurge of attention to Delhi’s air It is important to acknowledge the complexity of the air quality challenge There is no single pollutant source responsible — road dust construction activities waste burning vehicle emissions diesel generators industries power plants brick kilns and biomass-based cooking all play a role and contribute in varying measure to different pollutants Moreover the sources are widely dispersed — individual cars and construction sites for instance — which can make enforcement of any government action difficult compounded by the jurisdictional problem of multiple agencies at multiple levels Importantly both ethically and politically it is relevant to examine who bears the costs of action to curb air pollution These arguments suggest a triple set of criteria for air pollution actions: scale of contribution to solving the problem addressing questions of jurisdiction and enforceability and the distributional effect of costs These are not easy criteria to address simultaneously and it is in this thicket that the challenging political economy of air pollution lies Dust from construction activities is linked with enforcement issues in arguably India’s least governable and most politically connected sectors The proliferation of diesel generators is inextricable from the larger problems of the electricity grid which in turn is challenged by complex questions of multiple jurisdictions and the politics of winners and losers from electricity reform The increasing use of private vehicles is driven by aspirations an often insatiable consumer appetite and a limited public transport system Further building an effective air pollution regulatory system is hampered by jurisdictional issues across at least three acts (air environment and motor vehicles) and a multitude of weak and under-resourced agencies Even a seemingly straightforward solution like building a bypass road so trucks do not inject pollutants into the city each night has been stalled for years by jurisdictional battles over accessing the necessary land Addressing these issues requires a willingness to take on entrenched politics and the staying power to bring about long-term structural change For this reason an amplified public moment around Delhi’s air has to be the driving force for political action with failure punishable at the ballot box Significantly greater public awareness and demand for clean air brings two additional benefits First it can affect individual behavioural choices that improve air quality such as buying efficient cars and a willingness to use public transport Second it reduces the enforcement cost of regulation and thereby makes viable a broader range of regulatory measures Diwali is a good example Enforcing a firecracker ban across the national capital territory’s 16 million citizens is impossible without a larger normative change that prioritises clean air over an individual’s choice to light crackers There are also positive feedback loops across these benefits — public willingness to take public transport is enhanced by higher investment in high-quality mass transport which in turn is made more likely by public demand for this service But public awareness must swiftly translate into effective political action Obviously only legal and regulatory approaches can take on the slew of structural problems that result in air pollution This requires both a considered long-term approach and an effort to find low-hanging fruit such as the longstanding call to buy and run cleaner buses in the city In addition government action is necessary to upgrade the information base on air quality and communicate this to the broader public The communication and awareness mechanism is fuel for the virtuous cycle which is why implementing the Central government’s recent air quality index won after sustained pressure from advocacy groups is so important What are the steps towards enabling mutually reinforcing public and political action and avoiding a negative spiral The biggest challenge is the social dialogue required to bring higher levels of awareness about air pollution costs and build consensus around the need and willingness for action This may require some difficult conversations For example upper-class fury against the bus rapid transport system which warts and all held at least the promise of efficient transport for the majority was sobering A sustained and broad-based programme of public outreach led by civil society and backed by ever-better data is thus needed In addition it is important that this public pressure is not dissipated through the pressure valve of misguided and token government actions Some recent well-meaning efforts risk falling in this category For example recent work at IIT-Delhi suggests that a National Green Tribunal order to get 15 years and older cars off the roads will not help much because they do not add up to a large share of the vehicle population and many are likely operating outside Delhi Finally awareness-raising will be enhanced and political action emboldened by a few early wins For example a sustained citizen campaign for a firecracker-free Diwali and a discernibly cleaner winter would be a wake-up call Taking head-on the political and jurisdictional challenges of a bypass for the city would build greater citizen confidence in the government Ultimately we must recognise that our challenge to reclaim clean air is as much or more social and political as it is technical The writers are at the Centre for Policy Research New Delhi For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: May 7 2017 4:21 am The Congress delegation leaves after meeting the Governor on Saturday Subham Dutta Related News A DELEGATION of the state Congress on Saturday met Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi to appraise him of Trinamool Congress workers “persistently intimidating and harassing” Opposition candidates for the upcoming civic bodies polls The delegation was led by state Congress general secretary O P Mishra Seven municipalities — Darjeeling Kalimpong Kurseong and Mirik in the hills and Raiganj in North Dinajpore Domkal in Murshidabad and Pujali in South-24 Parganas — will go to polls on May 14 “Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been talking about the struggle against BJP and communal forces that have arisen in the state but on the ground she is trying to finish off the Opposition entirely In Raiganj for instance none of the Opposition parties have been able to hold a single public meeting for the elections Five Congress candidates and these were declared candidates suddenly switched allegiance to the Trinamool just before the elections” Mishra said “Our nominees are not being allowed to campaign in Raiganj Anti-social elements from Bihar are being brought in to Raiganj… The situation is the same in Domkal and Pujali” he added The delegation told the Governor that “all Opposition workers and candidates have been threatened by Trinamool workers” “BJP workers have been beaten CPM workers have been threatened We have been attacked” said Mishra pointing out that the “intimidation” has been severe in the plains as opposed to the hills where Trinamool has little presence “The Governor is aware of these issues He assured us that he will speak to the chief secretary the DGP and the state chief election commissioner regarding the conduct of peaceful municipal elections He also told us that he will meet the chief minister tomorrow We have requested him to bring this issue up with her” said Mishra Taking on Mamata he added: “If Mamata Banerjee really wants to save democracy and fight communalism in the state then why not let the Opposition work Why not hold free and fair elections If you cannot save democracy how can you fight communal forces What she says about the BJP is just rhetoric if she continues to be undemocratic herself” Maintaining that with the “Trinamool government intimidating the Opposition with its muscle power” it would be difficult for any future alliance or cooperation with the ruling party “We are cooperating as far as the presidential elections are concerned (CPM leader) Sitaram Yechury has already spoken with Mamata Banerjee Now she has to decide whether she wants to continue cooperating with the BJP directly or indirectly or whether she wants to join hands with an Opposition that is secular… This is of course only for the presidential elections where there is always cooperation across party lines In these elections Mamata must prove that she actually does stand for democracy” said Mishra For all the latest Kolkata News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Ludhiana | Published: March 26 2017 4:40 am Top News The Ludhiana Police on Saturday arrested a man for posing as a vigilance police officer He was identified as Ashok Kumar Sharma a resident of Pakhowal Road in Ludhiana He was arrested from a police checkpost where he introduced himself as vigilance bureau deputy superintendent of police (DSP) He also asked for money and started calling various police stations and government offices It was after the policemen posted at the checkpost developed suspicion that he was interrogated and later arrested A case has been registered under Sections 170 419 and 420 of IPC at division number 5 police station For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Priyanka Sharma | Mumbai | Published: May 16 2017 9:11 am Barun Sobti will romance actor Shivani Tomar on the show Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon Shivani is known for her role on Colors’ Kasam Related News It seems Barun Sobti is coming back to where he always belonged It was Star Plus’ Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon which gave his career a dream run and now after five years of no television and a rather unsuccessful Bollywood stint the actor is returning to the small screen with the show’s new season 4 Lions Films headed by Gul Khan is producing the new show But surprisingly Barun will not be seen as his popular avatar Arnav Singh Raizada but is set to play a different character by the name Advay Singh Raizada The sources from Star Plus reveal that the show will have a different storyline than the the original Also those who are keeping their hopes high with a Barun Sobti-Sanaya Irani reunion there’s a bad news Barun will romance actor Shivani Tomar on the show Shivani is known for her role on Colors’ Kasam Also read |Dill Mill Gayye actor Muskaan Mihani rubbishes reports of separation from husband Tushal Sobhani Veteran actor Ritu Shivpuri has also joined the cast of the show which will reportedly go on air in June Originally aired in 2011 Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon became an instant hit with the youth for its story about two star-crossed lovers While the meaty layered characters of Arnav and Khushi (Sanaya) drew audience’s attention Barun and Sanaya’s stunning on-screen chemistry assured the show became a success worldwide The show is known for having the most loyal fandom ever a proof of it was when Barun left the show in 2012 and the makers decided to replace him the fans signed a petition and created a pressure to end the show with the actor’s departure They argued they would rather have the show end with Barun in it than see Arnav played by any other actor The show went off air in November just a month after Barun announced his exit A sequel to the show by the name Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon… Ek Baar Phir aired in 2013 It was produced by some other production house and had Avinash Sachdev and Shrenu Parekh in the lead roles Over time the show managed to earn popularity but could never match up to the hysteria created around the first season It ran for two years With the original team of Gul and Barun back for the third season the expectations of the third season have gone notches higher and it will be seen whether it is able to create the same magic as the first instalment did For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related News Chopra will be headed to join the India ‘A’ squad which plays against New Zealand 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