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Delhi’s air crisis: Who pollutes, who suffers?

ByRohit Azad and Shouvik Chakraborty
Dec 23, 2021 09:59 AM IST

Delhi’s air crisis: The poor are more vulnerable to ill-effects of pollution than the rich. The richest 10% of the population pollute 10 times as much as the poorest 10%.

Monu, a 13-year-old living in a Delhi slum near the Yamuna river, was exposed on a particular day to an average of 150 micrograms per cubic metre (very poor) of PM2.5 while it is 35 (satisfactory) for 11-year-old Aamya, who resides in an apartment in a colony in GK-II in Delhi. So said a multimedia story (https://tinyurl.com/5au2kccx) by The New York Times in December 2020. Aamya and her family have access to air purifiers at home and in school even as her exposure to outdoor pollution is limited by air-conditioned cars, while the same doesn’t hold true for Monu.

Delhi’s air crisis: Three major contributors to pollution from the consumption side are — transport (private and public), fuel and electricity, and construction. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Delhi’s air crisis: Three major contributors to pollution from the consumption side are — transport (private and public), fuel and electricity, and construction. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
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