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India enters the pollution age. Part 2.

I am a 14 year old kid with an interest in writing articles about present lifestyles. I also have a vast imagination. You could say I have created a virtual world. Follow my adventure to clean the land, water and air pollution of my beloved country, India.

Pollution in my Home

Welcome to my second article on pollution. The last article was a brief description on the pollution of India. This article will further examine how pollution is affecting India, and who the major polluters are.

A few weeks back my family and I went to our bungalow in Khandala in the state of Maharashtra. It is exactly 100 km from the metropolis of Bombay, and we go there every two or three months to get away from the fast city life. I’ve always cherished my visits to Khandala. Traveling by car, we pass many beautiful sights and sceneries. The Thane Creek Bridge is spectacular. When our car zooms over the bridge, I see the blue sea and the heavenly clouds passing by.

After crossing the Thane Bridge, we pass the industrial mini city of New Bombay. The town is filled with skyscrapers. But now numerous industries are polluting the atmosphere by letting out harmful gases. Then after traveling a few kilometers, we stop for “batata wadas,” an Indian snack made of potatoes. There are many charming restaurants selling them at a place called Panvel. Then we cross the Panvel-Khopoli highway. After Khopoli we arrive at the Western Ghats, the mountain on which my family’s bungalow rests. The journey from the Ghats to Khandala is simply wonderful. I enjoy the waterfalls flowing down the mountains, the blue skies, the misty air and the dark tunnels.

But the scene has changed quite a bit over the past few months. A disaster has occurred in Khandala. Flyovers are being built from the Ghats to Khandala, as if there weren’t enough in the city. Before this, it took only 20 minutes to climb the Ghats. But now it takes nearly an hour and a half to climb them because of the blasting of rocks for construction. The blue skies have turned into smoggy ones. The waterfalls are no longer visible. And the misty air is now dusty. Even my bungalow is covered with dust.

And not only that. All of the machinery is causing so much noise pollution. The sound they make is deafening. We come to Khandala to recoup but if this is what it’s like to recoup, I’d rather be in Bombay. A beautiful and small town has turned into an ugly and monstrous one. Although everyone says it will take a less time to cross the Ghats if flyovers are built, I think it will make it worse. All of the charm of traveling to the Ghats will be lost. As the saying goes “Old is Gold,” and I will abide by it. If they wanted to make things easier for cars climbing the Ghats they could have made roads less steep and of finer quality.

Well, I think I need to end my article here. Nothing too inspiring about it. This was about making everyone aware of incidents in India. But my next three articles will be completely focused on inspiring people into action. So be on the lookout for “THE TRILOGY ON POLLUTION.” Thanks for reading my article and I expect support from you folks!

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