In­dia could learn from China on fight­ing heavy pol­lu­tion: ex­perts

Global Times US Edition - - TOPNEWS - By Shan Jie

In­dia should aban­don its com­pet­i­tive men­tal­ity to­ward China and learn from China’s ex­pe­ri­ence in deal­ing with pol­lu­tion, which has blan­keted the coun­try in the past week, ex­perts said.

A US em­bassy in­dex showed lev­els of poi­sonous air­borne par­ti­cles, known as PM 2.5, had reached 495 on Mon­day morn­ing in In­dia, com­pared with the up­per limit of “good” qual­ity air of 50, Reuters re­ported.

Cen­tral New Delhi’s level of PM2.5 ex­ceeded a stag­ger­ing 1,000 on Wed­nes­day on the US En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec- tion Agency’s air qual­ity in­dex, the ABC news re­ported.

“In­dia has some in­dexes on smog as well, but are not ef­fec­tive,” said Hu Zhiy­ong, a re­search fel­low at the Shang­hai Academy of So­cial Sciences’ In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions.

China also faces air qual­ity con­cerns es­pe­cially in win­ter when the PM 2.5 could sur­pass 500 in some north­ern ar­eas, but the sit­u­a­tion has im­proved sig­nif­i­cantly with timely mea­sures.

“China has been set­ting stan­dards that suit its lo­cal con­di­tions, as well as strict laws to re­duce air pol­lu­tion, which pro­vide sup­port to the cam­paign,” said Wang Gengchen, a re­search fel­low at the Chi­nese Academy of Sciences’ At­mo­spheric Physics In­sti­tute.

China and In­dia are both de­vel­op­ing coun­tries with big pop­u­la­tions, and they both face se­vere pol­lu­tion is­sues.

An­a­lysts said that China has valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence that In­dia could study and use, such as clos­ing fac­to­ries which pro­duce heavy pol­lu­tion.

Wang said that in­vest­ment in pol­lu­tion re­search is also nec­es­sary and could also be cru­cial for In­dia to deal with sim­i­lar is­sues.

“But In­dia may not be will­ing to learn from China be­cause it al­ways views Chi- na as a com­peti­tor,” Hu said, adding that In­dia should be more ma­ture and learn from the ex­pe­ri­ences of other coun­tries.

“En­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues have no na­tional bound­aries and coun­tries should put aside their po­lit­i­cal bi­ases,” Wang noted.

Delhi suf­fers from heavy pol­lu­tion in win­ter pri­mar­ily from the burn­ing of crop stub­ble to clear the fields in agri­cul­tural ar­eas in the neigh­bor­ing north­ern state of Pun­jab and Haryana.

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