31 October, 2020

Smokescreen City

The national capital has lost the fight it was winning against pollution

Tribhuvan Tiwari
Smokescreen City

It’s In The Air

Why is Delhi losing the battle against pollution?

  • Delhi adds an average 1,500 cars daily. Delhi had 7.7 million vehicles until 2012-13, according to government figures, while Beijing has just over 5 million.
  • What makes this worse is the high percentage of diesel consumption in this segment,
    almost 40 per cent.
  • Inadequate and irregular public transport network, made worse by absence of last-mile
    connectivity in most areas.
  • Frenetic construction that raises dust and the brick kilns feeding the building boom
    add to the particulate matter in the air.


Delhi’s worsening levels of pollution couldn’t possibly have a more high-profile mascot than its chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. Often seen with a muffler wrapped around his head and heard tied up in coughing fits, the chief minister suffers from acute bronchitis, a condition that for most sufferers always worsens in...



To read this piece, and more such stories in India's most exciting and exacting magazine, plus get access to our 25-year archives goldmine, please subscribe.

In this article:

More from Debarshi Dasgupta

Latest Magazine

November 09, 2020

other articles from the issue

articles from the previous issue

Other magazine section