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Strangled By The Air We Breathe

The national capital is trying to drop the ‘Most Polluted’ tag. Will the measures work?

Strangled By The Air We Breathe
Jitender Gupta
Strangled By The Air We Breathe
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53

Air Dynamics

  • Delhi could well be called the pollution capital of the world, with PM2.5 levels at 300 micrograms/m3
  • The EU has set a daily average of PM2.5 level at zero; Japan and Russia at 35 micrograms/m3.
  • In Delhi, steps to check air pollution include an odd-even formula for private cars (8 am-8 pm)

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For the people of Delhi, it’s a Hobson’s choice: remain at the mercy of the toxic smog, or make some major sacrifices. Such as using the city’s hobbling public transport at least thrice a week. Shorn of technicalities and particulate matter levels, Delhi is the most polluted city in the world; even Beijing, which declared a pollution red alert last week, has better air than Delhi. Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had little choice but to take some unpopular measures—even if in haste and panic than through careful thought.

No one seems sure if reducing the number of cars on the streets is the silver bullet....

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