A back-of-the-envelope calculation suggests that it will cost Rs 12.5 crore per city per year for 10 years to report air pollution and its severity in real time.
“The river was beautiful many years ago. Now, the waters are murky and sludgy. The companies have caused destruction. The river is gone and with that our lives are gone.”
When pollution is bad, we have to be more informed about the problem in advance and promote programs that avoid, improve, shift – just the way fuel is burnt in the city.
In 2013-2014, the CPCB spent a mere Rs 8.14 crore on air-quality monitoring for the entire country and this amount was further reduced to Rs 5.45 crore in 2014-2015.
Installing an air filter in public is more like avoiding the problem and diverting attention away than solving it. Emissions should always be controlled at the source.
Opinion on social media was mixed, with some reporting positive experiences while driving because of fewer cars on the road while others complained that public transport was more crowded than usual.
Before you draw your next breath, be aware that it could seriously damage you. Scientists have estimated that air pollution by prevailing PM2.5 levels will have led to 6.6 million premature deaths by 2050.