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India Kolkata second-most polluted city in India: WHO

15:15  06 june  2018
15:15  06 june  2018 Source:   ibtimes.co.in

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KOLKATA : A report by the World Health Organization ( WHO ) has finally confirmed that Kolkata is the second - most polluted metropolis in the country, next only to Delhi. “There is no point in being complacent from the fact that Kolkata is better than the worst polluted cities in India ,” said

This is the POLLUTION CAPITAL of India . it about kolkata do you know this city is most polluted city in the world it is a source of global warming i don't say it some scientists Kolkata was home to many Anglo Indians who are now living abroad. Most of us often recall the good old days with much

Commuters walk past as smoke comes out of traditional Indial coal 'chulahs' (oven) kept on the side of a busy road in Kolkata © Getty Commuters walk past as smoke comes out of traditional Indial coal 'chulahs' (oven) kept on the side of a busy road in Kolkata

A recent report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) states that Kolkata is the second-most polluted metro city in India after Delhi. The report also says that the quality of air in the city is declining faster than that of the national capital.

Kolkata is under the grip of severe air pollution which is not being assessed, impacting the health of people here. The city's pollution levels rose faster during 2017-18 than ever before due to steady rise increase in construction activities, biomass burning and the number of vehicles.

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First of all, Kolkata has very poor air quality. Please check your sources. In fact all the major cities in India have a problem of air pollution . A recent report by the World Health Organization ( WHO ) states that of the 20 most polluted cities in the world, 13 are in India , with Delhi at the top.

As per a study by National Centre for Atmospheric Research and Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, an alarming rise in pollution has dropped the life expectancy in Kolkata by 6.1 years, second to Delhi, which is by 6.4 years.

After Delhi, Kolkata has now earned the infamy of being the lung cancer capital of India. According to the Kolkata Clean Air Campaign, about 70 percent of the population here suffers from respiratory disorders, while 47 percent are faced with serious lower respiratory tract infection owing to the air pollution.

  Kolkata second-most polluted city in India: WHO © Getty

Ajay Mittal, who is associated with the campaign, said that the health issue of citizens is being compromised severely.

Furthermore, it has been found that while 60 percent of motor vehicle mechanics have acquired impairment in lung functioning, about 79 percent of street hawkers in the city did not fare well in the test of lung function.

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This made Kolkata the most polluted metropolitan city in India , followed respectively by Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai.[1] In a 6-years long study completed in 2007 In the World Health Organization's ( WHO ) ranking of cities by air pollution , Kolkata ranks 25th among a total of 1100 cities .[4].

Delhi is most polluted city in the world in PM 2 .5 concentrations. Half of the top 20 cities in the world with the highest levels of PM 2 .5 were in India , according to the pollution data released by the WHO , which included 1,600 cities .

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"Nitrogen oxide and ozone pollution are two pollutants responsible for major increase in mortality from chronic bronchitis and pneumonia," said Dr. Debasish Basu, a preventive medicine expert to TOI. A number of cases have been registered of impaired liver function, hematological abnormalities, genetic changes and neuro-behavioral problems.

The rise in pollution is posing a greater risk in children, where about 65 percent of the kids here have developed lung function impairment.

The health of the residents in Kolkata is threatened due to particulate matter pollution, especially PM2.5. Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) have been on the rise in the city, leading to fatalities.

It might be touted as the City of Joy, but looks like Kolkata might not be the best place to live in for the ones seeking a healthy environment.

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