Closed Cycle Technologies – Cleaning the Air Quality .
The government would commission research in universities and with private sector companies that have appropriate research capability to work on closed cycle technologies aimed at zero pollution from all human and industrial activities.
For example, in coal fired power plants or other coal fired plants, the smoke emission should go into a processing cycle by being piped into processing to separate particulate matter through filtration systems, gas separation and collection into carbon monoxide, carbon dioxides etc. Carbon dioxides could be further broken into carbon and oxygen which would be released into the atmosphere.
India should take the lead in such concepts and technology that can be rapidly developed with the active involvement of scientists across the public and private sectors.
This should be eminently possible given the current state of scientific knowledge and technological capacities, and when success is achieved, it would become world beating narrative and showcase Indian prowess coming back into international contention after centuries of degradation and being pushed under the carpet by western politics.
The government would move immediately to reduce and mitigate the Air pollution caused by vehicular traffic jams as below:
In cities, the government would carry out a phased project wherein it would run a one month intense media campaign warning of rule changes and impending enforcement to include the following rules:
All trucks, buses, three wheelers would be required to travel only in the left lane in two lane roads
In three lanes roads, they may use the middle lane only to overtake.
The right lane would only be used for overtaking.
Drivers causing traffic jams by blocking or jamming oncoming traffic, or by jumping past standing traffic, would be subject to heavy fines, that would get escalated for repeat offenses.
On highways, the government would set up “Training and Education” stops every 100 kilometers or so, where all drivers no driving to the announced rules would be pulled up, first for 60-minute training and education where all the vehicle and license numbers of their drivers, would be noted and fed into computer systems.
If any of those are pulled up for not complying with traffic-flow rules after the training, they would be subject to heavy fines.
The fines would be two-step, one for the driver and the other imposed on the owner for not being able to control driver behavior to traffic rules.
Training schools would be set up with the private sector taking on territories for providing such training thus creating employment while cleaning up the nation’s act
The country would move to creating signal-free-city-traffic through under-passes and over-passes built so that there is minimum disruption to traffic flow, thus reducing air pollution in cities very quickly.
Intensive planting of trees would be undertaken in all cities and urban areas.
Building rules would be changed such that at least 30% of land area is planted and grassed in any colony.
All plots of 300 sq. meters must have at least 10 trees of any kind planted.
The government would undertake the planting of grass on all dirt areas would be undertaken to reduce dust pollution.
Reforestation drives would be intensified across India, and particularly along ecologically sensitive areas, along river-banks, on the often, denuded Himalayan mountain range from the foothills to the heights.
The government would attempt to re plant species of trees and plants that made up the original flora and fauna, gleaned from old records of these areas.
Felling of trees would be banned except as demarcated.
Large areas of sustainable forest cycles for farming wood for various purposes would be set up in 10-2—30 year cycles depending on the growth rates.
Genetic research and gene tinkering for this purpose of commercial tree farming areas would be explored, and if assessed as not harming the wider gene stock / pool, would be adopted for long term sustainable availability of wood.TO BE ADDED