Vehicle pollution has emerged as the biggest cause of air pollution in the hilly state of Himachal. This has been revealed in a study conducted by the State Pollution Control Board. The number of vehicles in the state is continuously increasing, due to which dust pollution is also increasing. The number of vehicles is increasing year after year, due to which dust pollution along with air is also increasing. However, according to experts, there are many factors of air pollution, but vehicle and dust pollution are the major ones.
The number of vehicles is increasing in the state, but the length and width of the roads remain the same at most places. Earlier there used to be a hundred vehicles in one kilometer area. The number of vehicles in the same area has now increased to one thousand. Another important thing is that wherever there is a traffic jam, people do not stop their vehicles but keep starting them. In such a situation, air pollution is also increasing due to increasing vehicles.
Government took steps towards e-vehicle
Now governments have taken steps towards e-vehicles, but the currently running petrol and diesel vehicles cannot be completely phased out. In such a situation, the efforts being made by the government regarding e-vehicles can yield meaningful results in the future. According to experts, even in traffic jams, people do not stop their vehicles and start them, due to which vehicle pollution remains in the environment.
Two major causes of air pollution
When vehicles move, dust and soil from the roadside also get blown up. There are two major reasons for air pollution in the state, one being vehicular pollution and the other being the blowing of soil on the roadside due to wind or running of vehicles. These two are the main reasons for air pollution in the major districts of the state. Dust pollution is also high in industrial areas Baddi, Barotibala, Nalagarh, Kala Amb and Paonta Sahib.
Old buses are being removed
Experts say that diesel vehicles are being cut off as per the decision of the Central Government. The registration of diesel vehicles will also not be more than 15 years. Also, the government is moving towards electric vehicles. Old buses are also being taken off the road. There is every possibility of reduction in pollution level due to e-vehicles.
Sanjeev Sharma, Senior Scientific Officer, Pollution Control Board, Dharamshala, said that in the study conducted by the Pollution Board, it was revealed that vehicular pollution is most responsible for air pollution in the state. Along with this, the second reason for air pollution is that the soil on the roadside gets blown by the wind or due to the movement of vehicles, it also remains in the environment.
Report- Rahul Chawla