Two generations have seen the light of day since the disastrous gas leak at Bhopal’s Union Carbide factory. Yet, children are still born with congenital defects and people battle chronic illness, as thousands of tons of chemical waste lie in the open, contaminating air and water. Is the state even bothered?
One diesel SUV accounts for the emissions of about 25-65 petrol cars! And yet cities, where vehicle emissions are the biggest cause of particulate matter pollution, have not been able to shun them. Can we take the steps needed to mitigate the diesel threat or will citizens and environment continue to pay a heavy price?
Kolkata based entrepreneur Niraj Agarwal is contesting the large urban constituency of Kolkata South with a single agenda: To make people more aware of the need for policies to effectively tackle pollution and climate change. True to his mission, he wants to get as close as possible to a ‘zero-emissions’ campaign trail.