Vehicles account for 12% air pollution


Patna: The Centre for Environment and Energy Development (CEED), which on Sunday released its report ‘Towards Healthy Air for Patna’, claimed that vehicles contributed to about 12% of air pollution in Patna and government should provide effective public transport to curb this alarming situation.

CEED’s programme manager Ankiya Jyoti said Patna has the second most air pollution among cities in India according to WHO 2014 report and gave five main reasons for it: increase in number of vehicles, rapid rise of brick kiln industry, burning of charcoal and other biomass for cooking, open burning of waste, construction-related impact and burning of diesel.

She also said air pollution is one of the major factors for deteriorating health condition, causing diseases like chronic bronchitis, asthma and lung cancer. CEED CEO Ramapati Kumar said it was high time for government to take the matter seriously and find solutions which include penalizing auto rickshaw drivers if found using kerosene, covering up of construction material carried by commercial vehicles, ring fencing and transition to clean brick kilns and greater public awareness. He pointed to the need for tapping solar energy, which could bring down the particulate matter in air to 3-5%.

Source : timesofindia

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