Air Pollution is Finally Getting Noticed-But Is It Really Enough?
Air pollution has become a hot topic of discussion and debate of late. Now with the latest unveiling of the long-awaited air pollution control program also known as the National Clean Air Program, things have started to look more promising.
Air pollution has become a hottopic of discussion and debate of late. Now with the latest unveiling of the long-awaited air pollution control program also known as theNational Clean Air Program, things have started to look more promising.
This program is expected to cutdown around 20%-30% of particulate matter over the next five years and improvethe overall air quality levels across the country. The problem, however, isthat this program lacks clear targets. While the plan is time-bound and comes with a defined end result,the process and implantation aspects are not legally binding and definite. Sowhile it is a step forward, we are left thinking, is it enough?
Given the fact that India houses12 of the top 15 polluted cities in the world, we must be more concerned abouthaving a clear and defined plan to curb and monitor air pollution. So the otherday, I casually started checking what this whole hubbub about air pollution wasall about. I downloaded the Ambee air quality monitoring app. I checked for theworst places with regards to air pollution and guess what? Many were fromDelhi, the capital of India and the other cities have their own set of pollutedcities! With Nizampur from North West Delhi topping the list with an AQI of 501to Bandankal in Telangana with an AQI of438 (as on today) we have quite the competition! The data is real-time andmight change with time, but you get the drift, right?
So to answer my previousquestion- No! No, it is not enough. India is the third most polluted countryafter Bangladesh and Pakistan. We have 7 of the top 10 polluted cities in theworld,and around 1.2 million deaths areattributed to air pollution every year. So yes, the measures promised by ourgovernment are not enough to tackle air pollution,and we must all do our part towards it.
We need aggressive measures andstringent timelines to deal with this problem. But we need to start it with theright kind of data. A quicker, more versatile and reliable kind of air qualitymonitor that could help you keep a watch over the air quality level around youand also help relevant authorities plan and implement appropriate policies.