Just moved to Patna from a metropolitan city and still feel you are in one? No, it’s not because of a sudden developmental surge making Patna seem like Delhi, but because of its air pollution level, which overtook Delhi’s the previous year, making Patna’s air the most polluted in the country.
Why is the idea so alarming?
Delhi has a population of more than 1.9 crores whereas, Patna has a population of nearly 21 lakh. Even then, Delhi has a lower air pollution level than Patna. This signals that something is pretty wrong with the way things are in Patna, don’t you think? With pollution in Patna at alarming levels than ever before, it is absolutely essential that we pay attention to the reasons this is happening in our own backyard. Late last year, the Central Pollution Control Board(CPCB) marked Patna as the most polluted city in the country with an AQI(Air Quality Index) score of 391, followed by Muzaffarpur and Greater Noida.
What has caused so much air pollution in Patna?
A lot of factors, when taken into account together, present a rather grim picture of the current scenario in Patna. For sure, the government is to blame for such a fiasco of epic proportions, but are they the sole to blame? I think not, and in today’s blog, we will talk about the different factors that went into making Patna number 1 in a not-so-esteemed list. So without much ado, let’s raise the topic to public debate amongst Patnaites and think out different ways we can tackle the rising air pollution level in Patna.
City Buses and Autos
With the ever-increasing population in Patna, more and more of the common folk are using the city bus and auto transport system. However, they are not fitted with engines that curb air pollution as is the industry standard in the automobile industry and lack supervision for such measures to be put into effect.