Chennai, Bengaluru and Mumbai had ‘cleanest air’ in lockdown

Chennai: Chennai, Bengaluru and Mumbai have emerged the best three cities in terms of having clean air during first 40 days of the Covid-19 induced lockdown, according to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

Pressing for stringent enforcement of rules to deal with the menace of air pollution, the CPCB also suggests shutting down of inefficient power plants in the country.

It says the lessons learnt from the Covid-19 pandemic can be utilised to target source specific actions” leading to maximum improvement in ambient air quality.

Meanwhile, according to a study by the Centre for Research on Environment and Clean Air (CREA), IQAir Air Visual and Greenpeace Southeast Asia, health damage from air pollution caused between 0.4% and 6% of annual GDP in the world’s leading cities for the first half of 2020.

The same research also found that the estimated losses were between 4.1% and 6.6% for Indian cities from the beginning of this year until September first week.

According to the study, this was majorly due to increased risks of chronic illnesses, asthma, work absences, preterm births and many other health impacts.

 

NT Bureau