IndiaPollution will take away 9 years of life, people of Delhi-Mumbai and...

Pollution will take away 9 years of life, people of Delhi-Mumbai and Kolkata are more at risk


New DelhiAir pollution is not only causing diseases but also shortening our lifespan. According to a report, 40 percent of people in India may be less than nine years of age due to air pollution. The latest report by the University of Chicago’s University of Chicago Air Quality Life Index (AQLI) claims that if India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal succeed in making air quality clean to WHO standards, the average age will increase by 5.6 years. Otherwise, the age will decrease so much. Residents of the most polluted cities of Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata may lose nine years of life.

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According to the AQLI report, getting rid of air pollution could give the world a two-year average lifespan and five years for the most polluted countries. For India and neighboring countries, this assessment has been done at 5.6 years. According to the report, India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh are home to a quarter of the world’s population. And they are included in the five most populated countries of the world. 48 crore people in India live in the Gangetic plain, where pollution levels are extremely high.

According to the report, pollution has now spread beyond the Gangetic plains to states like Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, where people may lose life expectancy of 2.5-2.9 years due to air quality. Whereas the targets of the National Clean Air Program (NCAP) run by the central government can help increase the national life expectancy to 1.7.

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