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Why de-register diesel vehicles? Because toxic fumes are hurting you bad

Inhaling all those diesel fumes while standing in a mile-long traffic daily is hurting you a lot. Not only the short-term effects are really bad, they can cause some grievous long-term harms as well. The NGT order could not have come any sooner.

health and fitness Updated: Jul 18, 2016 15:09 IST
Sanchita Sharma
Sanchita Sharma
Hindustan Times
Toxic fumes,Diesel Fumes,Health
Over time, chronic pollution can trigger heart attacks, stroke and cancers.(Shutterstock)

The National Green Tribunal asked Delhi traffic authorities on Monday to start de-registering all diesel vehicles that are more than 10 years old following complaints that a lack of implementation of judicial orders was hurting Delhi’s fight against pollution.

Diesel cars are more harmful for the environment as they have primitive pollution-control systems installed and emit more harmful gases than their newer variants. Vehicular exhaust comprises a big chunk of the air pollution that chokes the city.

Air pollution does more than trigger asthma and leave you breathless. Short-term exposure causes headaches, nausea and makes your eyes sting. Over time, chronic pollution can trigger heart attacks, stroke and cancers.

Track pollution in your city with this real-time air quality map

Source: World Health Organistaion, All India Institute of Medical Sciences

First Published: Jul 18, 2016 14:15 IST