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Delhi Air Pollution - Is Delhi slowly becoming Inhabitable?

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On 13th June 2018, Wednesday, I landed in Delhi after a short trip to Bangalore.

And what I saw shocked and scared me to the core!

On 13th June 2018, I was greeted by a thick layer of dust and pollution which made breathing very difficult

One could literally feel the dust entering through the nose and into the mouth as well as the lungs.

The cab driver, who later dropped me home, informed that it had been like this for 2 days now. And Things haven't improved even today. Almost every day we are forced to breathe in the highly toxic air. Even Supreme Court judgement to stop bursting of firecrackers on Diwali couldn't help.

If you Google Search about the current Air Pollution level in Delhi, this is what you get as on 12th November 2018.

Delhi Air Pollution
Source: AQI

Is Delhi on the path to DOOM?

Delhi Air Pollution - Not a New Problem, But...!

For people who are permanent residents of Delhi, this problem is nothing new for them.

Thanks to the location of Delhi, as well as rapidly growing population, it has always been plagued by pollution problems.

However, most people would agree that this problem was mostly concentrated during specific months.

For the past decade though, the air pollution problem in Delhi has aggravated to extreme levels.

Vehicular pollution, Pollution due to crop burning, dust from Rajasthan desert area etc have been causing extreme air pollution in Delhi for quite some time now.

And what's more, it is no longer limited to a specific time period. Delhi suffers from extreme pollution all throughout the year.

And if all this doesn't scare you...YET, then read this revelation.

According to a recent article in Times Of India, Experts have said that Delhi and Gurgaon are headed to an early desertification. Meaning in a decade or two, Delhi might become a desert.

With all this dust in the air all the time, and excessive heat during summers and cold during winters, this might actually turn out to be true.

Health Issues 

People these days are having health problems more than ever.

As if the new lifestyle of eating junk food was not enough to cause a plethora of diseases previously unheard of, air pollution is leading to more problems.

I remember a time when Asthma, a breathing disorder, was quite uncommon. Nowadays, every other child born has this medical condition.

What else can you expect when children are being born in such a polluted environment.

Not just asthma, but people are now suffering from a cough, itching eyes, breathing issues etc. And these problems are being faced not just by children or the elderly, but also by the middle-aged healthy people.

What's the Government doing?

That is the same question I am asking myself!

Delhi is home to 2 governments - The Central Government as well as the Delhi Government.

Yet, there seem to be no concrete and strict steps to curb the menace of Air Pollution. Delhi, being the centre of power in India, welcomes so many important leaders, dignitaries, and other VIP guests from all over the world.

Do we want to welcome them in such an environment? Does it not belittle us in front of our guests?

Many other countries have faced pollution problems in their cities. China is the best example. However, with strict policies, they have been able to control pollution to quite an extent.

Delhi, on the other hand, seems to be an out of control train speeding towards an eventual destruction.

I fail to understand why politicians can't take strict actions. I am sure people won't mind following them. People are more than willing to contribute towards improving the air quality in Delhi. If only politicians were that willing. 

If Only...!

But no!

Our honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi Ji travels all over the world, but unfortunately, hasn't yet found the time to take steps for controlling the pollution in Delhi.

And as for the Honourable CM of Delhi Shri Arvind Kejriwal Ji, the less said the better. He will go on Hunger Strikes, visit Bangalore to cure his cough and fight with the Governor of Delhi for petty reasons.

But when it comes to taking steps for curbing pollution in Delhi, I wonder if he even thinks about it.

The only concrete step he ever took in this regard was Odd-Even. And he did not even continue with it for long. All he keeps harping about is that the PM of India doesn't allow him to do his work.

I can only wonder, How and Why would the PM of India stop him from fighting Pollution in Delhi!

What can we do?

For now, We can only try and avoid going out in such a weather.

I know it's not a feasible solution since almost all of us are working individuals. But if possible, we should avoid venturing out in such weather.

Stay indoors in office during office hours, or Work from Home if you have that option.

Don't exercise or go out for walks in dusty weather. You will be doing more harm to yourself than any good.

If one has to go out, better to buy pollution protection masks. These cost approximately 100 Rs and work for many days. They can surely help reduce the number of pollutants we inhale.

If one can afford it, buying an Air Purifier for your home is also advisable. It will definitely be beneficial, especially if you have kids.

If you don't want to buy one, YOU CAN RENT IT AS WELL!

And...if you have an option to relocate to some other city, just do it before you do any more harm to your health.

For people like us, who are currently stuck here, there seems to be no respite in sight for the foreseeable future. 
God Bless Us All! 

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