Prevalent toxic air triggers migration at East Delhi

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Prevalent toxic air triggers migration at East Delhi

Anand Vihar is the most polluted area in East Delhi.

Prevalent toxic air triggers migration at East Delhi

Delhi: Living in East Delhi has its own repercussions because of the highly toxic air which people are forced to breathe in. Area of East Delhi, which is spread in the radius of 64 km, is highly vulenrable to air pollution. 

Anand Vihar, which is located adjacent to Indirapuram in Ghaziabad, is the most polluted area in East Delhi.

Environment experts conceded that the area is witnessing migration of people due to prevalent bad air quality.

BS Vohra, an environment expert and active member of RWA Bhagidari said that ongoing work of metro constructions, dumping grounds, less greenery and some unauthorised factories are major factors of pollution in the area.

He said that some of the unauthorised factories are still running in Sahadara and Seelampur areas adding toxic air in atmosphere. “We have written several letters to authorities but still situation is not getting better,” he added.

In last five years, more than a dozen families moved to other places in quest of getting fresh air. 

72-year-old Aasha Malik said that she is asthmatic. “I shifted to Seemapuri area in search of fresh air. My son bought a new flat in Narayana. We hope that we will get fresh air there,” she said.

East Delhi area has high population density. It has 26,683 inhabitants per square kilometer. According to 2011 census, East Delhi has a population of 1,70,9346, which is roughly equal to nation of Gambia.

Interstate bus stand and Asia's largest dumping ground Gaazipur landfill site are major contributors to pollution in East Delhi. Big poultry market and metro constructions are also making the situation worse.