According to a Greenpeace study, New Delhi is the most polluted capital city in the world. The PM 2.5 and PM 10 levels have crossed the emergency levels of 500ug/m3. In a recent study done by the Centre for Chest Surgery in Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and Lung Care Foundation, Delhi’s polluted air could be leading to non-smokers developing lung cancer. Owing to poor air quality of Delhi, there has been 30-50% rise in cases of respiratory and breathing ailments. The major causes for pollution in Delhi are—  Vehicles: The increased number of grossly polluting vehicles like trucks and diesel engine vehicles have negated the impact of cleaner fuels and emission technology;  Combustion in power plants and industries : These power plants and industries use dirty fuels like pet coke, FO (and its variants), coal and biomass etc.  Garbage burning : Garbage burning in landfills and other places where there are no facilities of collection, processing or disposal of garbage;  Dust Management : The particulate matter from the roads, construction sites etc. adds to the particulate pollution.  Crop Residue Burning : This is primarily because farmers lack alternatives for disposing the stubble from fields.  Thermal Power Plans (TPP) : Delhi has 13 thermal power plants (TPP) with a capacity of over 11000 MW in the radius of 300km of Delhi. These power plants are expected to contribute to secondary particles. These thermal power plants contribute nearly 80% of sulfates and 50% nitrates in Delhi. The following are some steps which can be taken to mitigate the problem of pollution:  Development of Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) integrated with local transit systems to be implemented to provide seamless connectivity between regional and sub-regional centres of NCR.  Increasing the number of electric buses in Delhi.  Implementation of BS-VI fuel norms, spreading awareness about electric and hybrid vehicles, increased awareness about public transport etc.  Agricultural residue to be used in power plants by 2020.  Mechanized road cleaning at 25% and 50% roads in 2025 and 2030 respectively.  Infrastructure for collection and disposal (landfill and waste to energy plants) of MSW has to improve and burning of MSW should be banned completely.

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My visions for Delhi stems from these inspiring words of Swami Vivekanada. I sincerely believe that Delhi has enough number of brave, bold men and women who can make it not only one of the best cities.

My vision for Delhi is that it should be a city of opportunities where people

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