New Delhi: Delhi is the second most polluted city than Beijing.The situation has become so bad in Delhi that even an average day in Delhi may be labeled as bad-air day in Beijing, the second most polluted city in the world.
But unlike Beijing, government in Delhi is not that much concerned about either the air quality or the health of its residents.
This is the reason that many health issues are becoming very common. Asthma has hit the city like never before and a disproportionately large number of people are now reaching hospitals complaining severe asthma.
Now Greenpeace India has said that a five-year plan was needed to fight air pollution in the Indian capital. The green NGO, which has collated data from various studies to give perspective about Beijing and Delhi in terms of parameters of pollution and mitigation plans, said Delhi’s air pollution is worse than that of the Chinese capital and called for stringent targets for industrial emissions and an action plan to protect citizens from air pollution.
According to reports, New Delhi is breathing the most polluted air in the world, according to WHO report in 2014. The WHO found that 13 of the 20 most polluted cities in the world are in India, with New Delhi’s air being the world’s worst. While Beijing’s air quality has made headlines worldwide, a range of studies, backed by the government’s own data, shows that New Delhi’s air is often worse than that of Beijing”.
Greenpeace is working hard to create awareness about pollution in India. The NGO said Delhi also does not have Health Advisories or Action Plans in place, which is contrary to Beijing, which has a four-level alarm system to tackle heavy pollution episodes.
New Delhi’s pollution levels are dangerously high. Noting that Delhi’s PM 2.5 levels are several times higher than those of Beijing as per the data submitted by Pollution Control Board to WHO, Madineni said despite this, the Environment Ministry continues to be in denial of the fact that we are taking worse care of our citizens than Beijing.