Sunday September 22, 2019

Pollution, the silent killer in metros; 35 per cent children in India have poor lung capacity

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Children are the future of a nation. They hold its virtue and fortune. However according to  a recent survey, around 35 per cent of India’s school going children below 13 years of age are victims of different types of lung disorders due to air pollution.

A misery of metros

Delhi stands tall at the top rank of a nation-wide survey titled Breathe Blue’15. According to it, 21 per cent of children in the national capital were found to have ‘poor’ lung capacity while another 19% had ‘bad’ capacity. A Lung Health Screening Test (LHST) conducted by different schools in Delhi has corroborated the reports.

The survey included 2,000 school students between the age of 8-14, out of which a huge amount of children were found to be suffering from major lung diseases like Bronchitis.

Experts’ opinion

According to Dr Preetaish Kaul, a representative of HEAL Foundation based in Delhi, such kinds of lung screening tests determine the amount of air lung can hold, how fast lungs can make the inflow and outflow of oxygen and remove carbon dioxide out from the body.

The tests can also find out if there is any lung disease and measures the severity of lung disorder. Poor LHST means compromised lung function and high possibilities of contracting pulmonary diseases.

Another expert said, “While rising air pollution in the country poses a serious health risks for all, it is more worrisome for children as they are yet in their growth years with vital organs of the body physiologically not mature enough to deal with it.”

Citizen responsibility?

A similar research termed CLAIM (Clean Air India Movement), dedicated to Citizens’ Awareness and Attitude Survey suggests that most people think that it is the responsibility of the government to clean the air as they can’t do anything about it.

This survey proved that in cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata only 15, 24, 27 and 9 per cent people admitted that they, as a citizen, are also responsible for current emerging scenarios. It has been found at more than 46 per cent bikers, 63 per cent non-ac car drivers and 96 per cent ac car drivers do not turn off their engines due to laziness or luxury.

The growing number of lung diseases should be highlighted at a national level. Awareness campaigns and programs have be carried by the government to turn down the amount of gasses released in the environment. The future of the nation depends on it.

 

 

 

 

 

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BEST, Mumbai’s Public Bus Services, Further Reduces its Carbon Footprints by Inducting 10 Swank Electric Buses

The programme has been delayed on account of the rains, Olectra Greentech COO Anand Swaroop told IANS

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Earlier, the BEST had acquired six electric buses in Nov 2017, added 10 more today and will get another 30 by October-end. Pixabay

The BEST – Mumbai’s public bus services – on Monday further reduced its carbon footprints by inducting 10 swank electric buses for the city commuters, a top official said.

“Earlier, the BEST had acquired six electric buses in Nov 2017, added 10 more today and will get another 30 by October-end. The programme has been delayed on account of the rains,” Olectra Greentech COO Anand Swaroop told IANS.

However, every week from today, the company will deliver five eBuzz K7 buses which are 9-metres long, wet-leased on Gross Cost Contract basis, he said.

Swaroop added that the move to add more eBuzz K7 after the first set received an extremely good response for the high comfort levels, smooth ride, cutting costs and helping conserve the environment.

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The BEST – Mumbai’s public bus services – on Monday further reduced its carbon footprints by inducting 10 swank electric buses for the city commuters, a top official said. Pixabay

Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray and Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar received the keys of the 10 electric buses from Swaroop at a function here this afternoon.

According to Swaroop, the eBuses were deployed under the centre’s Faster Adoption & Manufacture of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles – FAME1 scheme, initiated by the Ministry of Heavy Industries.

Olectra-BYD is the first electric vehicle manufacturer in the country to achieve the milestone of crossing five million km cumulatively driven by its eBuses under commercial operations in Himachal Pradesh, Hyderabad, Kerala, Mumbai and Pune.

After the full strength of 46 is achieved, it will help transport around one million Mumbai commuters each month in zero-emission comforts.

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“The BEST is planning to procure another 250 eBuses. On an average, running the 46 eBuses along would reduce carbon emissions by 1.2 crore tonnes of carbon dioxide or equivalent to planting 60,000 trees and saves the BMC cost of 3.70 million litres diesel annually,” Swaroop said.

He said in the long run this would yield macro-economic benefits like conserving valuable Foreign Exchange due to reduced dependency on fossil fuels (petroleum).

Explaining the benefits of eBuses, he said the new fleet had airconditioned and non-airconditioned, low floor buses which can travel upto 200 km in a single-charge based on traffic conditions.

“Each e-Bus can be charged within 2-3 hours, has a capacity of 32+a driver, electronically controlled air-suspension, 3 CCTV cameras for safety of commuters, regenerative braking, protection for short-circuits, etc.,” said Swaroop. (IANS)