Excessive Dust in India - An Absolute Cause for Concern





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Published on Apr 25, 2012

While many out there may not even realize this, fact is that there is simply way too much dust in India.

Honestly, I have not seen this kind of dust and dirt in the air, anywhere else in the world.

I feel there are many triggers behind this excessive dust in India:

1. Frenzied construction activity, which is simply unprecedented in terms of the large extent to which it is taking place at the moment in India. At the same time, there are illiterate laborers performing the bulk of this construction activity, taking no precaution whatsoever with regard to the dust and dirt which is generated.

Ideally, this kind of construction activity should be monitored by civic agencies. Also, there should be mandatory covering all round all such construction sites so that the dust and dirt which is produced does not fly around.

Abroad I have seen all such construction sites having huge sheets of plastic wrapping around the entire area in such a manner that dust can simply not go out at all.

2. Vehicular emissions and vehicles by themselves (as they move around) are also a major source and trigger of dust, dirt and pollution in India.

3. Barren, uncovered lands are a major source of dust in India.

Abroad I have seen that there is practically no such barren land, especially in urban areas, whereby it is next to impossible for dust to be generated. There are roads, followed by pavements and rows of houses or other buildings preceding immediately whereby it is next to impossible for dust to be generated. In rare cases where there is barren land - such as parks, there is grass on top which again prevents dry dust from being generated.

The reason I feel this is a major issue is because I feel that Indians and everyone in India is susceptible to major respiratory problems, if this matter with regard to dust and dirt in the air is not looked into quickly.

Besides, it is really very annoying when we have to dust and clean our homes practically every single day!


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