India | Delhi | 10th December 2021 | Virtual Wire
Delhi is famous because it’s the capital city but this time Delhi has earned recognition for the continuous growth in pollution. Being the capital city it attracts worldwide attention.
People from all over the world aspires to live in India and that too in Delhi but the city holds major drawbacks in terms of Good Environment. A recent study highlighted that the levels of PM 2.5 (particulate matter of diameter less than 2.5 micrometres) was significantly higher than the levels reported by the nearest outdoor government monitors. And the worrying part is that The indoor air pollution levels in Delhi homes is more than 20 times the World Health Organization (WHO) standards, a study by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC India) has shown.
The study surveyed thousands of Delhi households from varying socioeconomic strata between 2018 and 2020. And found that indoor PM2.5 levels tend to spike in the mornings and evenings when households were most likely to be cooking. Experts said that while there is growing awareness among people on the harmful impacts of outdoor pollution, people are still unaware of how the air inside their homes, offices and schools can also be highly polluted.
We need to create awareness among people. While there are a lot of studies about outdoor pollution and how severe it can be for your health, more studies are needed to assess the levels of indoor pollution and how they can impact people. At least you can gear yourself with masks outdoors but inside your homes, you tend to drop your guard,” said Anumita Roychowdhury, executive director (research and advocacy), Centre for Science and Environment.