89% of NCR Says Air Pollution is Making Them Feel Sick

A new study says Air Pollution is making 89 percent of Delhites feel sick, uncomfortable.

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With the National Capital Region spending yet another winter gasping for air, it’s no surprise that 89 percent of residents feel sick and uncomfortable due to pollution. They identity cutting of trees and vehicular pollution as some of the top reasons for rising air pollution.

This was revealed by a "Perception Study on Air Quality" by the Association for Scientific and Academic Research (Asar) Social Impact Advisors. Most have incorporated terms associated with air pollution in their vocabulary - Air Quality Index, Particulate Matter 2.5 and Particulate Matter 10.

Over 5000 people participated in the study.

The top four causes for air pollution identified by participants were motor vehicles (74 %), industrial units (58 %), tree cutting (56.9 %) and construction activities (48.2 %).

Besides Delhi, 16 other cities took part in the survey. These included Kolkata, Patna, Lucknow, Varanasi, Amritsar, Singrauli, Dhanbad, Raipur, Korba, Chandrapur, Angul, Nagpur and cities becoming rapidly polluted -- Bengaluru, Pune, Mumbai and Chennai, reports The Times of India.

Interestingly, more and more people are aware about pollution and see it as a serious matter of concern. The top three environmental issues identified were air pollution at 46.4 %, drinking polluted water at 19.5 % and global warming and climate change 12.2 %.

Find out what the AQI is in your city using FIT’s AQI monitor. Stay aware and take steps to protect yourself.

(With inputs from The Times of India)

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