Good job bringing this to light. People won't realise how huge the problem is and municipalities are woefully ill equipped to...
Agreed; mining can never be sustainable, but then how do you get the metals to make all the things you need in the course of...
Very good piece.
I set off towards Meerut on the trail of a transporter's crew suspectedly involved in fuel adulteration. Officials nearly stumped my investigations. Thankfully, Bhure Lal, chairperson of the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority intervened. The district magitrate, then, called an urgent meeting of officials and insisted that the seals of the fuel tankers be opened only in the presence of the district supply officer, additional district magistrate and an official of the petroleum company. The 'busy' officials came together only by dusk.
Policepersons at the scene blatantly pushed that I draw samples from only two tankers. I was, however, determined that all tankers be checked. For the first time since I set foot in Meerut, I felt fear tug at my innards. It was dark and raining, and I was surrounded by police officials. The atmospherics of the time added to the effect: the rain and the dark godown. But it was too late to back out.
Halfway through the collection, we heard gunshots. The police rushed to investigate. I collected the required samples and scampered. These fuel samples were later found to be grossly adulterated -- mission accomplished!