Bangalore: Pollution being a perpetual problem in India is no more a surprising factor. But it's definitely disheartening to know that India has slipped to 155th rank in the global Environment Performance Index (EPI) 2014. On top of this, its capital Delhi has earned the tag of being the world's most polluted city, according to the US-based Yale University study. It is a comparative study carried out in 178 countries on nine environmental parameters
The country's pollution levels could be playing havoc with the health of its citizens. "A bottom performer on nearly every policy issue included in the 2014 EPI, with the exception of forests, fisheries and water resources, India's performance lags most notably in the protection of human health from environmental harm,” according to a statement by Yale.
As per the study, India is ranked in terms of air pollution’s effects on human health. Delhi, with 810 million registered vehicles, also has the highest particulate matter pollution of 2.5 levels in the world which is almost five times above the safety threshold for humans.
Now, Delhiites who were breathing easy post the introduction of CNG and green vehicles now have the reason to worry about the air they breathe.