A United States-based research group released a study highlighting the hazardous state of air pollution in India. It claims that about 40% of Indians will have their life expectancy reduced by nine years. Air pollution has become nothing short of a disaster for the environment and human health.
The largest population density is in the northern, central and eastern parts of India. A staggering 480 million and more are accumulated in the region, including the national capital New Delhi. Such a large population crammed in a relatively small geographical area, are bound to produce high levels of pollution, reported the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC).
To deal with the alarming pollution levels, India launched the National Clean Air Program (NCAP), in 2019. The EPIC report praised this step as “achieving and sustaining”. The NCAP aims to raise the country’s collective life expectancy by 1.7 years and that of New Delhi residents by 3.1 years.
About 20 to 30 percent reduction in air pollution is being estimated by NCAP, in the 102 most-affected cities by 2024. The strategy being used includes putting sanctions on industrial emissions and vehicular expulsion, introducing strict rules for transport fuels and biomass combustion, and reducing dust accumulation. Tags: air pollution, low carbon