How Far Will Delhi's Odd-Even Rule Go In Clearing The City Skies?
Based on the assumption that cars make the national capital unbearably polluted, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal imposed the odd-even formula on automobiles for the second time recently. However, vehicular pollution is not the prime cause of air pollution. According to World Health Organization (WHO), air pollution is the sixth-largest cause of death, and vehicular pollution is only a contributing factor. The WHO data also show that household air pollution from solid fuels is the second-most important cause of death worldwide. In fact, indoor pollution and smoking are among the two major causes of deaths in India. Respiratory diseases and infections are more often caused by leaky coal stoves, burning wood and other primitive means of cooking. While authorities have to curb the extent to which automobiles and industrial outlets pollute, we may be paying a huge price if we did not fix the prime causes of air pollution first.