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.