Prevention of air pollution
One out of eight deaths in India during 2017 was attributable to air pollution, which is becoming more fatal than tobacco. It is beyond anyone’s understanding why Government keeps talking about ‘Swachh Bharat’, but relatively ignorant towards Swachh air and water --- our life lines?
Over half of the 12.4 lakh deaths in India during 2017 were attributable to air pollution and were of those aged less than 70. To control air pollution the Supreme Court had banned crackers. Specially to help the degrading air quality in the national capital, Delhi the Badarpur thermal power was closed, diesel trucks were denied entry, buying higher power diesel cars not being allowed. Even then, after so many measures, air pollution is still not under control. One has to agree that before blaming the Government, we must think about how much are we responsible for the terrible environmental conditions around us. Because as per the survey, the major sources of ambient particulate matter pollution in India are coal burning in thermal power plants, industry emissions, construction activity, brick kilns, transport vehicles, road dust, residential and commercial biomass burning, waste burning, agricultural stubble burning (mainly in the States of Punjab and Haryana), and diesel generators. It’s high time that we start living in harmony with nature, and for this we will have to find environmental friendly substitutes for certain comforts.
Via email Bidyut Kumar Chatterjee