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  • Citizenship Bill to be tabled in the Lok Sabha today. Heated debate likely
  • Domestic tourism in Kashmir slumps by 87% in August-November period
  • Prime Minister Modi says police must make women feel safe
  • West Indies beat India by 8 wickets in the second T20 at Thiruvananthpuram
  • Rahul Gandhi says the NDA government kept Chidambaram in jail for so many days in order to take revenge
  • Kohli reclaims the top spot in ICC rankings from Steve Smith
  • Cabinet clears the Citizenship Bill. It will be placed in the Lok Sabha in a day or two
  • Hindu Jagran Manch members clash with the police in Kolkata after being refused permission to take out a rally
  • West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar says important files were sent late to him and his delay in signing them draws criticism from the TMC. It also brings the state assembly to a halt
  • 92,000 BSNL & MTNL employees apply for early retirement taking advantage of the new government offer. It will result in an annual savings of Rs 8.700 cr for the merged entity
  • Dengue deaths multiply in Kolkata even as the CM, Mamata Banerjee, asks the opposition not to politicize the matter
  • Government orders inquiry into the breach of security at Priyanka Vadra's house
  • Chennai-based engineer Shanmuga Subramanian helps Nasa find the pieces of Vikram lander on the Moon's surface
  • New Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray says his administration will take back cases against Dalits and activists in the Bhima Koregaon case
  • Dhawan calls his dismissal "nonsense"
43 killed in a fire at units in illegal building in heart of Delhi
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Air Pollution & Respiratory Diseases

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First publised on 2016-05-15 23:07:13

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Sunil Garodia By our team of in-house writers.
Although Delhi is no longer the most polluted city in the world according to the latest list of WHO, there are 4 Indian cities- Gwalior (2), Allahabad (3), Patna (6) and Raipur (7) – which have the dubious distinction of being in the top ten.

This is highly disconcerting as despite pumping in crores in the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan, the situation seems to have worsened. Our Tier II cities and towns are groaning under inadequate and overburdened infrastructure and civic mismanagement.

Our pollution laws are inadequate and not enforced strictly. Subsidized diesel and resistance to converting to cleaner fuel is turning our cities into cradles of lungs debilitating diseases.

Other than this, lack of civic sense in citizens, unscientific and lax waste management and giving a free rein to agencies doing urban development work and real estate developers is adding to the problem.

If the government does not tackle the situation with a firm hand, it might go completely out of hand. We owe it to our future generations to make urban spaces livable. Otherwise an unhealthy people will make for a retarded nation, where growth will be at a snail’s pace. No amount of funding of public healthcare will work if cities remain breeding grounds of pollution related diseases.