A recent survey conducted by healthcare provider Pristyn Care has uncovered concerning statistics indicating that a significant 60% of residents in Delhi and Mumbai are contemplating relocating to other cities due to the burgeoning air pollution crisis gripping both metropolises. The survey encompassed 4,000 participants residing in Delhi, Mumbai, and adjoining regions, shedding light on the distressing impact of worsening air quality on the populace.
The survey findings unveiled distressing health implications, with a staggering 90% of respondents grappling with prevailing symptoms attributed to the declining Air Quality Index (AQI). Persistent coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing, sore throat, and irritated or watery eyes were among the common complaints reported by the majority of participants, accentuating the dire consequences of the escalating pollution levels.
The report highlighted the exacerbation of pre-existing respiratory conditions, such as asthma or bronchitis, during the winter season, affecting 40% of participants’ close associates. Lifestyle alterations in response to the air pollution crisis were also prevalent, with 35% of respondents discontinuing outdoor activities like exercising and running, while 30% resorted to wearing masks outdoors as a preventive measure.
Surprisingly, the survey revealed a concerning trend regarding air purifiers, with only 27% of respondents in Delhi and Mumbai acknowledging their usage. More alarmingly, 43% of participants were under the misconception that air purifiers diminish immunity, reflecting widespread misinformation concerning air purification methods.
Currently, the Air Quality Index (AQI) in the national capital remains in the ‘poor’ category. However, the Commission of Air Quality Management (CAQM) recently lifted stage 3 restrictions outlined in the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP). This decision allows the resumption of construction activities and the operation of private BS3 and BS4 four-wheelers in Delhi and specific areas of the National Capital Region (NCR). The move comes in the wake of improved air quality resulting from recent rainfall.
Despite this optimistic turn, forecasts by CAQM suggest a low likelihood of Delhi’s air quality plummeting to the ‘severe’ category in the forthcoming days. This development offers a temporary respite amidst concerns about sustained air pollution levels, urging authorities and residents alike to remain vigilant and proactive in mitigating the crisis.
Sources By Agencies