POLLUTED MUMBAI

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 24 Aug 2017 12:19:15


A staggering 2.93 crores vehicles are registered in Mumbai that accommodates a population of 23 million plus. It is but obvious that the pollution by these vehicles is one of the major factors that has put the financial capital of the country in the list of the most-polluted cities in Maharashtra. Adding to the woes are the many outdated industrial plants that dot the city, the rampant construction activity and the apathy of Government that simply ignores the dire situation.

The vast influx of people from all parts is choking and throttling the city and making matters worse. It is a matter of grave concern; fortunately the State Government seems to have been jolted out of its slumber and has now decided to take proactive measures to control the perils of pollution.

It is time now for being strict and ensure that stringent steps are taken to reduce pollution. In the pipeline are plans for implementing solar power that is going to prove beneficial for them in the long run. The State Government has to be vigilant - only then can it dream of making Maharashtra pollution free by 2022.

LEFT IS RIGHT

LEFT-ARM pacers is a rare commodity in international cricket. There is something special about them that builds a different mystery and adds a distinct charm. Indian cricket has had its share of left-arm pacers starting from Ghulam Guard to Jaydev Unadkat but hardly a few made their mark. India are still in search of their Wasim Akram -- a full package of class and ferocity.

Current Indian bowling coach Bharat Arun is right in seeking a good left-arm pacer who can add teeth to the potent bowling attack comprising talented right-arm fasters. Since the departure of Zaheer Khan, Team India is yet to find a left-arm fast bowler of his calibre. The likes of Irfan Pathan and Rudra Pratap Singh rose quite commendably but also faded quickly leaving the void intact.

The lethal edge a talented left-arm pacer can bring can be validated from Australian Mitchell Johnson’s career. At his best he gave a horrid time to batters. Unfortunately, India’s domestic cupboard, too, does not present a bright picture. There are a few names but they still have time to hit the straps.