No, pollution is not just a Delhi problem and is certainly not limited to outdoors

Updated: March 30, 2017 6:30 pm

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Conversations around air pollution have so far been limited to Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) owing to the alarming levels of smog that engulfed the city last year.

While Delhiites have been exposed to air pollution for many years, it is only recently that people have started taking cognizance of this problem due to heightened awareness, conversations and social debates around the subject.

Mumbai resident Sunil Nagpal recalls his experience and shares, “I’m an avid jogger and enjoy running on Marine Drive every morning. In early November last year, I was asked by my organization to travel to Delhi for a fortnight on a project. It was then that I came face-to-face with this problem.”

Unaware of this problem then, Sunil continued his morning jogging ritual even in Delhi, but soon realized that it was getting extremely uncomfortable for him to breathe while running. “Initially I did not pay much heed to this problem; however, suspected something wrong when the issues persisted. Even after a month after getting back from Delhi, there were no signs of improvement. A doctor suggested that I could be suffering from the ill-effects of air pollution. It is then that I realized the gravity of the situation”. Sunil was in for an eye-opener in this case as he believed that air pollution was the exclusive property of the capital.

His condition set him thinking about air pollution and ways he could fight it. He consulted his friends, family, and browsed the internet extensively for more information. He loved his jogging ritual and found out ways to combat it using options much as pollution masks.

He was so happy with his efforts that one evening when he was sitting with this friends, he started…

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