If this level of air pollution remains the same in India, then the life of people can be reduced by nine years.
A report has revealed that bad air is reducing the life expectancy of Indians by nine years.
It has been told in the report that about 48 crore people of North India are facing the worst level of air pollution in the world and in the coming time this pollution will spread to other areas as well.
Air most toxic in India – report
According to a report by The Energy Policy Institute (EPIC) of the University of Chicago, North Indian states have 10 times more air pollution than any other corner of the world and people living there are forced to breathe it.
Many cities in India top the ranking of polluted cities and the toxic air is killing more than one million people every year.
Pollution spreading to Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh
The report said that the pollution spread in North India has now also reached states like Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh and the life expectancy of a citizen there has reduced by 2-2.5 years as compared to 2000.
If governments make strong policies for clean air, then the life of people can be increased by five years.
It is worth noting that every year around Diwali, breathing becomes difficult in the states of North India.
air pollution in india seven times more than the permissible limit
The data included in the EPIC’s Air Quality Life Index report suggests that Delhi’s citizens could live up to 10 years of age if the air quality is improved.
In 2019, the pollution level in India was seven times higher than the amount set by the World Health Organization (WHO). The situation in India as well as neighboring countries is similar and pollution remains at a worrying level here too.
Pollution from fine particles is the biggest threat – report
Referring to the National Clean Air Program (NCAP) launched by the Government of India in 2019 to reduce pollution, the report said that the achievement of its goals will definitely improve life expectancy.
The report said crop residue burning, brick kilns and other industrial activities have contributed to the increase in polluting particulates. Such pollution is the world’s biggest threat to human health.
The report states that India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan are among the five most polluted countries in the world and about a quarter of the world’s population lives here.
Citing the example of China’s fight against pollution, the report said that effective policy can improve air quality in a short time. Since 2013, China has reduced production of pollutants by 29 percent.