Hey guys as the year 2017 comes to a close it is interesting to recount the most eventful happenings in Delhi!
As you know Delhi is the capital of India and a land of opportunities for people and companies all over the world. However, of late, it has been infamous due to pollution and safety issues.I had dealt with the issue of safety in Delhi in one of my earlier blogs.
In this blog, I wish to bring your attention to pollution in Delhi and extrapolate its effect on the Tourism sector in India.
What has been going wrong with Delhi
Geographically, Delhi is not connected to any ocean body unlike Mumbai which is connected to Arabian sea or Chennai or Kolkata which are connected to Bay of Bengal. In bustling metropolitan cities, these ocean winds help ease out the polluted air and normalize the levels of pollution by bringing in the moist air of the oceans. Sadly, that is not the case with Delhi.
Furthermore, Delhi also shares borders with states that have been touted to indulge in large scale crop burning. This leads to high levels of CO2 emission in and around Delhi. If you consider the number of factories in Delhi and the ever-increasing number of cars, you can only fathom the increasing levels of pollution in Delhi. All these and other factors, lead to high levels of pollution in Delhi which in winter fog, turns into smog!
Read our blog on World Environment Day: Connecting people to nature
This November, the level of pollution and smog was scary and Delhi was compared to a Gas chamber and the city of London in 1950’s!
Effect of Delhi smog on tourism in India
Why are we talking about Delhi’s smog with an eye on tourism in India? Well the question is answered in the following stats:
8.80 million: Foreign Tourist Arrival in India in 2016
2.6 million ie 30% of the FTA arrive in Delhi first before they head off to other cities/states of India.
Thus, Delhi gives an incoming foreign tourist the first impression about India! What impression would you get of a country, where you find it hard to breathe and where you can find people roam around wearing masks to save themselves from toxic air? Had I been the tourist, I would seriously consider cutting my trip short!
These 4 months November to February see 35% FTA in India and leads India to earn 30% of all year round Foreign Exchange Earnings.
Thus, if the place of arrival is bad, then the number of tourists visiting India during this smog would have a double mind in visiting India during the same period next year. Thus, smog in Delhi has a long term effect on tourism in India.
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker’s visit to Delhi
So much so, that when Prince Charles and Camilla arrived in Delhi, they were greeted by Indian dignitaries and Delhi smog!
Effect of Delhi smog on Sports
Sri Lankan cricket team struggled playing against India during the recently concluded Test match against India in Delhi.
Read our post on National Sports Day: Celebrating a healthy way of life!
Effect of Delhi smog on climate
Another effect of Delhi smog is on the winters in Delhi! Today is the last day of the year and usually around this time, Delhi has a maximum temperature of 15 degree Celsius. I dare not step out of home without a strong reason. However, this time the temperature is 20 degree Celsius and I am wearing a thermal and shirt to save myself! I wonder if I’ll be able to wear my overcoat, my winter clothes.
Mr Khubchand of Chrysalis Bed and Breakfast is of the view that despite all problems plaguing Delhi, people will continue visiting the city.
Atithi Devo Bhavah: Book Chrysalis BnB
However, the point is that is climate change really happening in India? If yes, can we do something to prevent it?
Pledge for 2018
- Pledge to do Car-pooling: Let us pledge to do car pooling as frequently as possible
- Pledge to share cabs: While booking a cab, we should go for OLA share or Uber pool to reduce our carbon footprint and to make it pocket friendly. We just need to leave 10 minutes before time for our meeting!
- Pledge to donate blankets: Let us donate our old clothes and blankets to the residential guards to prevent them from burning wooden sticks to generate heat. This would increase the pollution. So donating blankets and clothes will be win-win situation for all!
- Pledge against a Bon fire party: New year is approaching and I’m sure you are in a hurry to make party arrangements. However, if you have made a party plan for a terrace bonfire party, well you must be aware that it is an environmental costly affair! Please replan!
- Pledge to plant more trees: Let us be grateful to what nature offers us. We all know plants are a great source of nourishment for us. Can we express our gratitude by planting a tree in 2018 for every new deal we crack, every raise in salary, every new birthday / anniversary / event?
I think if we can keep the above pledges, the year 2018 would be a highly satisfying and green one!
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