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This is with ref­er­ence to the ed­i­to­rial Delhi's clean air chal­lenge (16-30 June, 2015). As per re­ports, deaths due to air pol­lu­tion in Delhi are up by 100 per cent since 1991. Air pol­lu­tion in Delhi and other cities is get­ting worse by the day. A World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion study ranked Delhi as the world's worst city for in terms of its air qual­ity. Also, a re­cent Yale Univer­sity

study shows that Delhi's pol­lu­tion lev­els are worse than that of Bei­jing. One of the rea­sons is the rapid in­crease in ve­hic­u­lar pop­u­la­tion.

Own­ing more than one car has be­come a sta­tus sym­bol for the cap­i­tal's elite. More cars in the city lead to other prob­lems, such as noise pol­lu­tion, re­duced park­ing space, traf­fic con­ges­tion, ac­ci­dents and re­duced space for cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans. Air pol­lu­tion is also linked to res­pi­ra­tory ail­ments such as asthma and bron­chi­tis. Both, civil so­ci­ety and the gov­ern­ment must get their act to­gether to con­trol Delhi's haz­ardous air pol­lu­tion lev­els.

MA­HESH KA­PASI

NEW DELHI

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