Adopting pragmatic fueling
Growing air contamination demands alternate fuels to mitigate vehicular pollution.
It has been almost two decades since Delhi's public transport system made the sweeping shift from Diesel to CNG. While the environmental gains were significant in the beginning, the same has been almost undone over the years due to a major rise in the number of private vehicles dotting the roads. As per estimates, over 50,000 new vehicles hit the Indian streets every day. With a bulk of these vehicles running on conventional auto fuels, almost none of our key cities offer breathable air. According to a Green Peace report in 2012, 1.2 million lives are lost every year in India due to air pollution. The financial health burden of air pollution in India is estimated to be around 3 per cent of our GDP. In fact, a recent report quotes this figure at 25 lakh lives lost in India 2015 on account of pollution.