‘Over 80 People Die Everyday in New Delhi Due to Air Pollution’

Environment minister Javadekar said that a recent study revealed new details regarding air pollution in New Delhi.  

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Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar. (Photo: PTI)

The Central Government on Thursday said that air pollution is killing around 80 people in Delhi every day. The comment was based on an international study released recently.

In a written reply in Rajya Sabha, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said that polluted air, particularly the Respirable Particulate Matter (RPM) is one of the several factors responsible for morbidity and premature deaths.

The numbers of premature deaths given in the study are based on the constructive estimates and extrapolations of data.
– Prakash Javadekar, Environment Minister

Javadekar said the government had sponsored two studies in Delhi, Epidemiological Study on Effects of Air Pollution on Human Health in Delhi during 2002-2005 and Study on Ambient Air Quality, Respiratory Symptoms and Lung Function of Children in Delhi which was carried out during 2003-2005.

“The studies indicate that several pulmonary and systemic immunity and damage to chromosomes and DNA and other health impairments are associated with cumulative exposure to high level of particulate pollution that increases the risk of various diseases including respiratory and cardiovascular diseases,” Javadekar said.

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