Air pollution imperils life expectancy

Reports from the concerned world bodies as also the actual feel by human smell and even by sight about the presence of air pollution in most of the cities of the country of alarming levels and other places falling in line, is already known to most of the people. What, therefore, is the solution is the main problem. Breathing pollution free air is becoming a luxury for which some remote village or a hilly station alone could be visited to have it. The travesty in this country is that despite knowing that burning of parali or stubble releases poisonous gases into the atmosphere resulting in severe air pollution, no consensus over the issue is there instead the issue becomes a political issue to be tossed over. If the report of the Government run monitoring agency like SAFAR or System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research on the effects of parali burning are to be believed, Delhi’s PM2.5 level last year rose to nearly 15 %. COVID virus forced people to wear masks as a precautionary measure but with the increasing air pollution, wearing masks has become absolutely necessary and inseparable even though the process provides no foolproof protection from the polluted air.
That WHO has reckoned in its report a reduction in life expectancy of an average Indian due to the levels of air pollution by at least 5 years is otherwise known on account of high prevalence of respiratory diseases and associated effects on human health in India. It could be even 10 years or more looking to the position of air pollution in Delhi. A National Policy on how to reduce the levels of pollution and introduction of certain mitigating oriented factors must be thought of as conventional measures and remedies have over stood their efficacy. Though on the front of managing fuel emission levels and adhering to accepted standards, this country has been doing well, that alone would not make any much difference, therefore, a comprehensive National Policy is required to lessen or to reduce the pollution levels.