India is often berated for being late in planning and solving our social, economic and infrastructure issues. This results in the country moving from one crisis to another—we start the summer with water shortage issues, during the monsoon we cannot handle the rains, change in seasons cause a health crisis with a spike in the incidence of viral diseases and during the winter we are plagued with high levels of pollution. The general tendency is to look for a solution in long-term planning and investment rather than short-term stop-gap arrangements, even when technologically sustainable and efficient policy alternatives exist.
A glaring and current problem is the pollution plaguing the entire north Indian plains. The short-term solution for this issue exists in the quick and scaled-out expansion of biofuel-powered public transport across the country. Imagine bringing down pollution levels by up to 90% in carbon emissions by public transport vehicles, eliminating stubble burning by farmers, instead increasing their incomes, reducing our foreign trade deficit and adding nearly a million jobs (during a period when no jobs especially blue-collar one’s are being added) by the Central and state government’s deciding on one major policy initiative—reduce taxes on biofuel-driven buses and trucks— available today. Read More…
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