Being badly hit by air pollution in Delhi and NCR, 35% of residents say they have given up on central and state governments’ ability to act against pollution and want to move out of Delhi NCR, said a recent survey by citizens forum LocalCircles.
12% of residents say they will continue living but want to get away temporarily when pollution levels are higher.
Another 57% of respondents said they have faced health issues because of pollution but haven’t seen a doctor yet, while 30% of respondents said they or a family member had seen a doctor or visited a hospital in the last three weeks because of air pollution.
Several medical experts have warned residents in the region about the health risks of worsening air quality in the region, particularly the harmful effects of PM2.5 and PM10 particles that can cause damage in the lungs when inhaled.
More than half of the respondents seemed unprepared to cope with the pollution with air purifiers and masks with 56% of those polled saying they had neither.
The survey polled over 12,000 citizens living in Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, Faridabad, and Ghaziabad.