You’ve been living under the rock if you don’t know how bad the pollution situation in Delhi is. And it has just worsened. Brutally. By Japleen Kaur

Two things have come up in the last few days, and both of them show that the capital’s future is rather dark. First, a tool called ‘Air Quality Life Index‘ by the University of Chicago has not-so-shockingly revealed that the pollution would cost the residents a decade of their life.

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What does that mean? Delhites will be living around 10.2 years less than others owing to the diseases caused by their surroundings. Or they will be exposed to harmful substances that will lead to disabilities, and chronic health issues. However cruel that sounds, it is indeed the harsh reality.

The last two months have broken all records of air pollution in the city, and it shows no signs of coming to a halt. On an average 10 μg per cubic meter of particulate matter pollution tends to decrease 0.6 years from your life. But Delhi seems to want to be known for infamous reasons.

Secondly, not only is the air quality out of hand, water pollution is creating severe problems too. Recent pictures from the Chaath Pooja at Yamuna are doing the rounds on the internet, and they’re not pretty. It looks like a breathtaking phenomena but reality is far from that.


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The foam created is highly unnatural as a result of the garbage thrown in the holy river. Dissolved oxygen deficit is affecting the river, day after day, year after year. DO levels should be around 4 mg/litre, but currently it is at 0. And this has been the level since forever. What have we done about that? Prayed, and performed more rituals by polluting it further.

Well, this should be taken as a tight slap to stir us from our siesta phase, and encourage us to do something to save the environment that we’re living in. We can’t stop death but we can surely not do things to give it an early invitation, right?