Nearly 35,616 people have died due to ARI ( Acute Respiratory Infections) caused by air pollution in past one dcade, said Union Environment Minister Prakash Javedkar in the Parliament session on Thursday. Also, more than two crore people fall to respiratory problems every year due to worsening air quality with every passing day and last nine years have been worst.
In Rajya Sabha Javedkar said in a written reply that air pollution is a major cause behind several respiratory related diseases also it causes cardiovascular diseases and in past nine years thousands of people had died because of it. Air Pollution is notoriously known to damage lungs causing diseases like asthma, chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, etc.
Seeing the trends, Central Pollution Control Board conducted a study in association with Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute, Kolkata recently in which they monitored pollution level, air quality and its effect on respiratory system and lung functioning of children.
Javedkar further added that government is taking the issue very seriously and is ready to make every possible effort to minimise the impact of environmental pollution and air pollution in particular. Without being modest, he said that the government has taken measures including notification of National Ambient Air Quality Standards 2009, envisaging 12 pollutants, formulation of regulations/statutes, setting up of monitoring network for assessment of ambient air quality, introduction of cleaner/alternate fuel like CNG, LPG, etc and promotion of public transport network, amongst others.
Although cities like New Delhi and Mumbai have worst air quality in the country but according to a report West Bengal had most number of people suffering from ARI, then comes one of the cleaner stated Andhra Pradesh, followed by Telangana, U.P, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and then New Delhi.
It is mind boggling to see that states like U.P. and M.P. have such a high number of ARI cases and have surpassed cities like Delhi that is amongst the worst polluted cities in the world.