How are vehicles on the road affecting us?

By: Srishti Khurana

Relax, sit back, take a moment, and think about the air we are breathing. The human race needs a lot of calm in their lives to process because we are trapped in a world full of chaos and who created this chaos I am sure I don’t have to say it out loud.

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We utilize oxygen almost all the time yet it remains inexhausted this is because the trees restore this oxygen to the environment in the course of the process of photosynthesis. Plants also use oxygen but their utilization is very minimal as compared to their oxygen production.

So, exactly how are we polluting the air we breathe? We, humans, tend to get involved in a lot of artificial activities such as deforestation and industrial units that discharge smog, smoke, and other substances and components into the air. Talking about human activities let’s put light on major causes which contribute their best to air pollution.

Vehicular pollution, industrial emissions, thermal power plants, construction dust, waste burning, and millions of poor household’s use of cheap and dirty fuels such as wood and cow dung for cooking seem to have a very impactful significance on the environment. But, one factor among all of these activities seems to have a lot of individual significance involved in it that is vehicular pollution.

As we all know India is an overpopulated country with that comes the number of vehicles Indians own. Did you know? The number of vehicles in the national capital surged to 1.09 crore by March 2018, including over 70 lakh two-wheelers, according to Delhi’s Economic Survey 2018-19 report. 

So, how are the number of vehicles being sold affecting us? Vehicles introduce toxic material into the atmosphere through different ways causing major environmental pollution and what is most scary according to the research is that this pollution is happening very close to our nose, the breathing zone and that matters the most, the proximity to the source of the pollution.

Besides the rapidly growing number of vehicles, the other factors of vehicular pollution are poor fuel quality, old vehicles, inadequate maintenance, congested traffic, unsatisfactory public transport management system. The pollution from the vehicles leads to cough, headaches, nausea, irritation in the eyes, and various more problems.

So, what can be done to reduce the degradation of the environment through vehicular pollution? If we talk about the big solution that will have a huge significance is that we have to have a mass public transportation system in which we can use less and fewer cars. Steps must be taken to scrap old vehicles and regularise pollution certificate checking. Apart from all these steps, one which I feel is the most important and extremely within our individual reach is that we as the citizen and the individual conscious consumers should make the right choices towards a cleaner and healthier air by just making one right choice at a time.

Srishti Khurana

Srishti Khurana

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