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New Delhi: Doing its bit to control air pollution, Meru Cabs announced on Tuesday a new service through which passengers can share their cabs ride with others.

The customers will be provided with an option of sharing their Meru cabs ride with other co-passenger who intends to travel in the same direction.

A fixed 30 percent discount on the estimated trip fare would be applicable for the customers who chose the “ride-share” option, the taxi company said. Customers will be charged a fixed fare, which will be communicated to them before booking.

The “ride-share” services were launched keeping in view the issue of traffic congestion and escalating pollution in the national capital and its adjoining areas, said the company.

“By choosing to share your personal vehicle with others or sharing a CNG-fuelled Meru cab by Ride Share, citizens can now contribute to solving the city’s travel woes,” Meru Cabs Group CEO Siddhartha Pahwa said.

The company has also introduced ‘Meru’s ICE (In Case of Emergency) feature’, which allows passengers to share details of their location with registered emergency contacts. (IANS)

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According to a System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) report, the recent Air Quality Index in Delhi has been 'very poor', mainly due to stubble burning

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If you prefer staying indoors due to the rise in air pollution in Delhi-NCR, think again. According to experts, the air one breathes inside the house also contains particles that are harmful to health.

Products such as paints, as well as pet allergens and cooking gas can be additional sources of air pollution.

Air pollutants like particulate matter, ozone, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide and lead can affect the lungs in numerous ways like inflammation and oxidative stress.

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According to a System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) report, the recent Air Quality Index in Delhi has been ‘very poor’, mainly due to stubble burning.

According to Priyanka Kulshreshtha, Head-Research and Communication, Indian Pollution Control Association, and Founding Member, Society of Indoor Environment, it is very important to have exposure to purified air for at least 10-12 hours a day to breathe better and repair your lungs since the air one breathes outdoors is very poor.

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“Air purifiers work particularly well for the vulnerable sections such as kids and elderly as they also happen to spend more time indoors, whether it’s home or school, as well as 8-10 hours of sleep time,” she added. (IANS)