Sunday, 1 November 2009

CWG 2010: Pollution watch

Pollution in Delhi is a big concern for organizers of Commonwealth Games

Despite all the efforts by authorities who are working overtime to make the capital cleaner and greener before the Commonwealth Games, the high levels of air pollution in the city might be a cause of discomfort to the visiting athletes.

With massive construction activities as a build-up to the 2010 sporting event, the city air is getting more and more polluted which the sport persons from many Commonwealth countries might find uncomfortable, according to health experts.

"Athletes, who breathe deeper and longer, can find themselves very uncomfortable. Higher level of suspended material could increase their stress level, and in turn affect their performance," said Dr A K Sood, senior health expert at Rockland Hospitals.

With Delhi government trying to advertise the games as 'GREEN' games, pollution poses a big challenge. Also, more troublesome is the fact that its SPM which immediately hinders with the respiration is at the most dangerous level. It is to be seen whether pollution actually impacts the performance of start like Usain Bolt and Jessica Ennis if they make an appearance.


Sarath Guttikunda said...

Some recent articles on air pollution in Delhi from SIM-air working paper series that might be of interest to the readers

AQM in Delhi: Then, Now, & Then

Air Pollution Chemistry in Delhi, India

Measuring Autorickshaw Emissions to Inform Air Quality Policy

Monitoring & Mapping Urban Air Pollution: One Day in Delhi, India

Role of Meteorology on Urban Air Pollution Dispersion: A 20yr Analysis for Delhi

Estimated Air Pollution & Health Benefits of Metro System in Delhi, India

You can access all the papers

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