At present every under developing country wants to be developed in order to achieve the special status that a developed country has. For this, they are acquiring modern techniques like replacing older machinery with newer ones with more functions as well as modern methods to replace older ones like replacing manpower with machinery for generating more and fast output. But at what cost: Loss of Human Health!! Buildings are getting much higher and over 23,000 vehicles were registered in the New Delhi in June, up from just 8,455 a month ago, according to Hindustan Times.
But the question arises are we ready to be a developed country?
In this blog, we will talk about the heart of India – New Delhi.
Everyone wants Delhi to be modern and well organized in every field whether it is transport, roads, technology, medical but at what cost: Loss of Human Health!!
Still, many people in Delhi are not aware of their health because they don’t know what poison they are taking with each breath. Human beings don’t usually take a harmful thing as dangerous for them which they can’t see with naked eyes. That is why people of Delhi facing major health issue and most of them are not aware of their consequences.
The main reasons are:
The number of vehicles on Delhi road is over 1 crore, with more than 70 lakh two-wheelers according to the Economic Survey and it is the main reason for pollution because vehicles emit harmful gasses such as Carbon monoxide, Nitrogen dioxide, Sulphur dioxide, Greenhouse gasses. Together they are known to be harmful to health and particularly damaging the airways and lungs, increasing the risk of asthma and other lung diseases.
The Poor air quality irreversibly damages the lungs of 2.2 million or 50 percent of all children in Delhi. Particulate matters are the complex mixture includes both organic and inorganic particles such as dust, pollen, soot, smoke, and liquid droplets that are hazardous to our body.
PM2.5 has been recorded as 295 micrograms/cubic meter& PM10 level was 567 micrograms/cubic meter for the present day. Particles having a size less than 10 micrometers can go deep into our lungs and can bind to our bloodstreams too. According to the New York Times, a day spent in Delhi is equivalent to smoking 2 packets of cigarettes, a big reason to worry.
According to DIU, PM2.5 is so dangerous pollutants that if its level remains the same, it may cut short the life of Delhi people by about 17 years.
- Short term effects of Air Pollution: Irritation to nose, throat, eyes, skin, headache, nausea, bronchitis.
- Long term effects of Air Pollution: Heart diseases, lung diseases, emphysema (respiratory disease), birth defects, brain damage.
One in 10 child asthma cases is linked to traffic pollution.
These long-term effects can result in loss of life.
According to ranking based on the purity of tap water issued by the Bureau of Indian Standards, Delhi stands at the bottom of 21 state capitals with the greatest number of failed parameters. Yamuna is considered to be one of the most polluted rivers of India, as scientists have declared it as DEAD with no possibility for marine life because of the very low percentage of oxygen levels.
UN-Habitat estimates that about 3 billion litres of waste are being dumped every day into the Yamuna by Delhi. The health of Yamuna River improved during lockdown as many industries remain shut due to covid19 but post lockdown many industries are working now causing same issues for the river.
- Yamuna water is not suitable for agricultural purposes because it will make the soil unhealthy and so us.
- Illegal constructions near reservoirs, over-extraction of groundwater, pollution in water bodies and wastage of residential water supply have also made Delhi cry for water.
- Mixing of industrial wastes into water bodies like Cd, Pb, Ni, Zn, and household waste can cause problems if not purified properly before drinking. The effects include damage to lungs, nervous system, diarrhoea, cancer, kidney problems etc.
According to the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago, people living in the Indo-Gangetic plane have seen a drop of up to 7 years in life expectancy.
Factors influencing pollution:
- Improper garbage disposal
- Incomplete work by P.W.D workers
- Digging activities for Construction
- Old & diesel vehicles
- Improper cleaning of roads
- Ignoring traffic rules
- Unnecessary honking
- Factories around the region
Problems faced by Delhi people:
- Long traffic hours
- Long office sittings
- Inadequate transport facilities
- No time for personal care
- Dissatisfaction to spend time in the city
- Dissatisfaction with the green and parks in the city
- Wear and tear on vehicles
- Increased road rage
- Problems for emergency vehicles
- Road side marriage palaces create traffic jams
- Non availability of parking facilities
This everyday torture making people of Delhi mentally and physically weak.
This leads to increasing demand for medicinal practitioners and staff. Generating more employment. isn’t it???
This looks funny but it’s true.
No time for personal care has led to increased demand for hospitalization of people.
Which further increasing demand for:
- Health insurance companies
- Doctors and nurses and hospital staff
- Specialist practitioners
- New machinery
- Pharmacy stores
- Practitioners fees
More opportunities for people but on the loss of human health.
Is modernization leading to loss of human peace!!
If Yes, how we will control it??