Indian government has rejected a recent study claiming that rising air pollution in India is reducing the life expectancy of people. The United States-based study is jointly conducted by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology and National Center for Atmospheric Research.
It claimed that exposure to PM 2.5 (fine particulate matter of the size of 2.5 microns) was leading to a loss of nearly 6.3 years from a Delhi resident life and 3.3 from an average Indian’s life.
Indian government however does not agree with the study and reject it saying it is utterly pointless and defames India.
Commenting on this study, Prakash Javadekar, Minister of State of Environment, Forest and Climate Change said, “We completely reject the claims made by the so-called journal that each Indian loses six years of their life because of pollution.”
He felt that the authenticity of the study is itself in doubt as it is not based on sampling, long-term observation and ground research. Also, he pointed out that the study was based on statistical algorithms and extrapolation on studies conducted in Europe and America.
The study published in the journal, Geophysical Research Letters titled ‘Premature Mortalities due to PM 2.5 (finer particulate matter) and Ozone Exposure in India’ has claimed that other states like Bihar and Bengal will have a reduced life expectancy of 6.1 years and 5.7 years.
Others areas that are also affected are Jharkhand (5.2 years), Uttar Pradesh and Odisha (4.8 years), Haryana and Punjab (4.7 years), Chattisgarh (4.1years), Assam (4 years), Meghalaya (3.8 years) and, Tripura (3.9 years), Maharashtra (3.3 years).