In remembrance of Bhopal Gas Tragedy’s (1984) victims and in solidarity with its survivors, the nation celebrates or rather mourns on the National Pollution Control Day, marking another anniversary of the tragic event on the 2nd December, 2020.
Apparently, 36 years after the disaster, we stand at a juncture of witnessing nearly a million deaths every year due to the high pollution levels in the country.
In point of fact, the IQ Air ranked India 5th in the category of the most polluted countries in the world, declaring the air we breathe “unhealthy”.
Moreover, Ghaziabad, a city in Uttar Pradesh has been marked as the most polluted city in the world in the 2019 records.
Following the Central Pollution Control Board’s real-time data on 1st December, 2020, there were 24 cities with “very poor” and 23 with “poor” AQI while 1 was referred to as “severe” in terms of its air quality.
On prolonged exposure, all these areas are prone to respiratory illnesses like bronchitis, asthma, lung cancer, and so on.
As observed, the major contributing factors to such wide-scale air pollution levels in the country are undeniably, the large-scale industries, vehicles and seasonal crop burning.
Rural people’s dependence on biomass cooking and kerosene stoves is also a significant factor.
While all this contributes to making India the third-largest greenhouse gas producer in the world, certain policy initiatives are being adopted by the CPCB, India.
The board has emphasized on the establishment of Air Quality Monitoring Stations across the country in their Actual Action Plan to scan the increasing levels of pollution.
Under their National Air Quality Monitoring Programme (NAMP), 793 operating stations in 344 cities/towns have been set up.
Restoring the basic elements of our planet to their purest form, indeed, seems like a distant dream.