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Why Is There So Much Air Pollution In India & Especially On Indian Roads?

By on Feb 5, 2012 | 6 comments

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Have you ever wondered why do we have so much air pollution in India? Why are we left with no choice but to breath air contaminated with all harmful & toxic stuff? Let’s not talk about the pollution contributed by the industries. Rather, we’ll talk about it later once I’ve made my point. We can all talk about the pollution the roads – caused by all our vehicles. The first thing that comes to my mind is that because we’ve so huge population and consequently, we’ve so many vehicles on roads that we can’t avoid pollution.

But I’ve a different take on this issue. I think number of vehicles isn’t the ‘big’ issue. The real issue is the technology that’s being used in vehicles & engines. I’m quite sure that there are more number of vehicles in Europe and in the USA than in India. But we don’t often hear about the ‘pollution’ related problems in US or UK. Why? Because they use better technology in vehicles – I remember reading about some ‘higher’ emissions related standards in Europe for the cars.

Pollution In India and On Indian Roads

Pollution In India | Image Credit: Dipity

Now all of you will agree that most of the cars sold in India are either Japanese or European. If not, they’re based on the technology sold to Indians by the outsiders. Isn’t it quite obvious that they’re dumping their old technology in India? Then people object to me when I say India is a technology dumpyard.

The same story goes with most of the Industries. The power sector, which I can related to; uses the technology imported from Europe and China. These industries keep polluting Indian weather and no one seems to care about it.

The solution?

Indians should develop their own technology because no outsider will give you their best technology! It’s high time that we Indians realize this. Do you agree?


  1. The Big K

    February 6, 2012

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    That’s obviously required. I personally use express number 11 (legs 🙂 ) to travel short distances. But then, the bigger problem is the European and Japanese cars that are using substandard technologies in India.

    Looks to be a ploy to destroy India in every possible way.

  2. Vikrant

    February 6, 2012

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    They don’t want to destroy us as such. We are okay with their old technology hence they sell it to us. Our country should show greater resolve by not buying old technology from them . Of course , initially they will froth at the mouth as USA did when we refused to buy their F-16s but later on they will stop persisting. So you see the problem is with us Indians . One popular ad says India is only obsessed with “kitna deti hai” we should be instead worrying about pollution.
    Anyways , Indians are famous for being hygienic on a personal level but not on a public level. This is a general observation , exceptions are always there. Hence Indians are not those kind of people who will become self aware about pollution.
    Just look at our festivals such as Diwali – the festival of lights has been converted to that of noise and smoke. 🙁

  3. Pallavi

    February 9, 2012

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    Just want to know – Is there any difference between the pollution control boards, approvals and standards for vehicles between India and other countries?

    • The Big K

      February 9, 2012

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      The standards are just the written documents. Shouldn’t the ‘standards’ be the same all over the world? Is nature in Europe more ‘important’ than the nature in India?

  4. Saandeep

    April 1, 2012

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    I agree to some extent.

    If cars made of old technologies are in India, why US and UK didnt complain when they were using those cars?

    my take on this,
    1. The fuel we use is not 100 % pure. My friend recently had to get repaired his car for using impure fuel.
    2. When I have been to US, I have seen too many trees all along the highways , that could be one more reason.

    But I got your point, we have to introduce better technologies atleast the vehicles which are used for public transportation should be of goof technology.

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