Stop burning of all waste: Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

Lalit Shastri

backyard-burning-of-wasteHyderabad/Bhopal: Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, the Chairman and managing director of Biocon Limited, has raised a strong voice against the burning of all waste and emphasised that the air we are breathing is turning more and more toxic each day.

According to Mazumdar-Shaw, “Any burning must only be done in enclosed incinerators.” She was speaking to a news agency (reported widely).

“With growing urbanisation, planning must incorporate strong policies for  waste management and traffic flow. Traffic gridlocks are some of the worst contributors to air pollution,” Mazumdar-Shaw has pointed out.

Taking the clock back a few years – Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh, when he was the Madhya Pradesh chief minister, was asked at press conference in Bhopal about the “continuing disaster” due to the pollution caused by the backyard burning of waste and traffic snarls in the congested parts of the city – the area that was worst affected by the 1984 Union Carbide gas disaster. He had just shrugged off the question by saying what disaster? it is just your (questioner’s) perception.

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