According to a recently published report of the Indian Council of Medical Research, air pollution accounted for 12.4 lakhs deaths in India in 2017 which included 6.7 lakhs deaths due to outdoor air pollution. The report also stated that average life expectancy in India would have been 1.7 years higher if air pollution levels were within permissible limits. In India, special efforts thus have been made by Government of India to reduce ground level air pollution (transport sector) by leapfrogging with implementation of BS IV to BS VI from 2020. The aim is to reduce the adverse impacts of fuel related particulate matter (PM) from the city of Delhi. The project in partnership with the Maulana Azad Medical College and Indian Oil Corporation Limited, R&D Centre have the specific objectives: a) To generate data on air borne pollutants by deploying air quality monitoring van. ; b) To collect clinical and biometric information of individuals exposed to air pollution. ; c) To study the effect and severity of pollutants on human health.
Sanjib Pohit is a Professor at NCAER. He is an experienced modeler in the area of trade and environment with 20 years of modelling experience. His domain of research experience includes science and technology policies, institutional economics, transport economics, input-output models, FDI, informal trade, automobile industry, and South Asian integration. Previously, he held position at... Read More