|Ahmedabad, Gujarat State, India Development Model in the Last 10 years|
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|no Zebra lines, no signals, no over bridge for pedestrians but only smoke|
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After I cross the road, I have to walk about half a kilometer to reach the guest house. In the night, it is hard to see the lights of the vehicle not due to darkness but of the dust. The road is not in a good shape. I am not sure that whether I can call that as road. As the vehicle pass the road, the dust just goes up and settles down in our noses and lungs. I tried to take pictures to show how dusty the road is. However I couldn't due to dust in camera.
According to World Health Organisation, Ahmadabad air is the fifth most polluted in India with PM 2.5 concentration of 100 micrograms and it has highest level of PM 2.5 concentration among Gujarat cities. I will say this kind of air pollution is a poisons inter-generational killer. It will create Asthma for the children or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or other respiratory tract infections. According to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) daily air quality index (AQI) list, Ahmadabad is the second worst city in India with an AQI score of 304.
|Smoke coming out in road|
I am not against the ideas of development. But what to develop and how to develop are the issues. We have to think about how citizens of the country can make sure the government policies are made, programs and activities are implemented. Just being blind to government and believe that whatever they do is good and right for the country, will be a huge mistake which we will not be able to correct later in the course. Filing RTI petitions, using judicial ways to address the issues need to be considered. As citizens it is our responsibility to spend some amount of time for the betterment of the country.
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