Delhi and Beijing are incomparable when it comes to monitoring stations, it said. Beijing’s continuous monitoring stations have live, downloadable data for all days but in Delhi, the monitoring stations run by Delhi Pollution control Committee (DPCC) had no data for 56 days in the year 2014.
Three out of the six stations by the DPCC which monitor the air quality in the city do not have accessible data. “Based on the available data for PM2.5 from three locations: R.K.Puram, Mandir Marg and Punjabi Bagh, we have made the health risk estimations for each of these areas in Delhi and have made comparisons with the average pollution levels for Beijing,” said the report.
These estimates are based on the methodology developed by the Global Burden of Disease Study, 2010, it stated. “Our estimates show an increased risk in lung cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and Ischaemic heart disease in these areas to be several times higher than that of Beijing.”
The recent study published in the Atmospheric Pollution Research Journal on air pollution and atmospheric processes, the National Capital Region of Delhi faces the highest health risks from air pollution. The journal cited a rapid increase in respiratory and cardiovascular mortality in the area as per the Table Below:
Table showing the increased health risks in the NCR Area between 2000-2010
|Hospital Admission due to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease||16,253||26,525|