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10K deaths yearly due to air pollution in J-K; SKIMS Director

10K deaths yearly due to air pollution in J-K; SKIMS Director

There are around 10,000 deaths in J&K which are attributed to air pollution yearly and there is a need to act and control it by countering it, Director SKIMS Dr. Parvaiz Koul said on Saturday.

Talking on the sidelines of the launch of doctors for Clean Air and Climate Action, J-K chapter, he said that yearly around 10 thousand deaths are attributed to particulate matter 2.5 (PM 2.5) exposure and there is need to control it by countering it.

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“Todays programme was intended with an idea to create awareness among public that air pollution issue is not only in Delhi and Maharashtra but also in J-K due to increasing number of vehicles, construction, brick kilns, cement factories which emit pollutants and significantly pollute our air and effecting our health which makes air pollution a health issue”, he said.

He said the measures, which can contribute to decreasing air pollution include using fewer vehicles, decreasing the use of unleaded petrol, use of biomass fuels, less use of kangri, and using vented heaters.

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He said air pollution is affecting every single organ of the body and ”we have work to reduce the pollution.”

“Air quality index in Kashmir is gradually going into poor category, especially during winters and in the past few days AQI has gone from moderate to severe and there is need to intervene now”, he added.

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He said government is the policy maker and in the recent past good things have happened like changing Hari Parbat from barren to forest land.

“There is a need to take similar initiatives so as to reduce the air pollution. Walking tracks constructed is also a good initiative as a part of Smart City Project and there is need to do more small steps so as to control air pollution gradually,” he said

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