No exact data to link deaths exclusively with air pollution

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No exact data to link deaths exclusively with air pollution

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No exact data to link deaths exclusively with air pollution

Greenpeace India recently claimed that nearly 12 lakh deaths take place every year due to air pollution based on a survey. Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave replied that there is no conclusive data to link deaths exclusively with air pollution.

He said “There is no conclusive data available in the country to establish direct correlationship of death exclusively with air pollution. Health effects of air pollution are synergistic manifestation of factors which include food habits, occupational habits, socio-economic status, medical history, immunity, heredity etc of the individuals. Air pollution could be one of the triggering factors for respiratory associated ailments and diseases.”

Greenpeace India‘s estimate states that Delhi tops the list of 20 most polluted cities in India. It also claimed that none of the 168 cities it assessed complies with air quality standards prescribed by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Dave also added that several steps are taken by the government to minimize air pollution and several awareness program are being conducted to spread awareness among the people about pollution. Other steps taken by government in controlling air pollution includes setting up standards for pollution emissions, setting up of monitoring network for assessment of ambient air quality, introduction of cleaner alternative fuels like LPG and CNG, leap frogging from BS IV to BS VI fuel by April 1, 2020, notification of national ambient air quality standards, formation of environmental regulation etc ..