Pollution in Delhi higher than Beijing, caused by 8.5 million vehicles
New Delhi: Negative publicity too is good publicity, someone may claim. But to be true no city in the world will like to get this sort of publicity.
Indian capital New Delhi has reportedly upstaged Beijing as the most polluted city in the world and the officials in the Indian capital cannot deny being the most polluted metro city in the world.
This is due to the fact that the latest report comes from none other than the World Health Organization. The WHO has said that as per air quality levels of as many as 1,600 different cities across the world, the historic city of New Delhi has been found to be the worst city in the world.
There is no denying the fact the Indian capital is very polluted city, but who would have thought that it will top the list of polluted cities in the world. Till just a decade or so ago, the city looked very green by any standard, but in the last decade, the greenery has been reduced by half and if it is not stopped, it will be eliminated completely.
The number of vehicles in Delhi has crossed every limit and you can see very polluting vehicles running unchecked across the town.
The latest WHO reports suggest that in the Indian capital, the air pollution is 10 times higher than acceptable standards. Reports suggest that the metropolis has the highest levels of particulate matter, also known as PM 2.5, known to be most harmful to human health. Studies have suggested that PM refers to small solid or liquid particles floating in the air. These particles can be made up of different substances, including carbon, sulphur, nitrogen and metal compounds.
One more aspect of pollution in the capital is the huge amount of burning of bio-mass, industry emissions and coal-powered power stations can all be attributed to high levels of air pollution. There are as many as 8.5 million registered vehicles in the city and it gets 1,400 daily new cars onto its roads.