State of Delhi’s Air 2020: 

A Public Perception Study 

The State of Delhi’s Air 2019 report is a public perception study analyzing the impact of air pollution on the lives of people living in Delhi and how they are dealing with it, besides analyzing factors driving their involvement to manage the crisis.

Worl's Most Polluted Capital

Delhi is among the world’s most polluted cities in the World.  One out of every two Delhi’s children are growing up with irreversible lung damage. Delhiites develop smokers’ lungs by the age of 35.

Where Poor is the New Normal

On any ordinary day, Delhi’s air quality moves between ‘poor’ and ‘very poor’. Additional factors like dust storm or Diwali easily take it to ‘severe’ levels. Consequently, 30,000 people reportedly die prematurely in Delhi alone.

Forced Smoking

The number of non-smokers with lung cancer is going up by 30 to 40% in Delhi, where the number of cases at AIIMS has more than doubled from 940 in 2013-14 to 2,082 in 2015-16, coinciding with a time of severe rise in air pollution.

Potential Lung Cancer Capital

The excess cancer risk, also known as ECR, has been found to be 13-16 times higher than the ‘safe limits’ for children, whereas, it has hit the ‘tolerable limit’ for adults in Delhi.

Why Public Perception & Expert Review?
The Air Pollution crisis has only intensified over the last five years, leaving people clueless in terms of what measures to take or how to safeguard. Efforts have not been able to tame the problem yet because of its sheer magnitude and complexity. It is therefore indispensable that a fresh assessment is undertaken through a large scale survey to understand how public are dealing with the problem, what they think about potential solutions, and what their perceived pain points.

Public forms the largest stakeholder group and constitutes the most vulnerable members. Any decision impacting them cannot be taken in isolation. Policy makers, governing bodies, researchers, and market players cannot contribute in addressing the issue of ‘Air Pollution’ effectively without public based insights, which this report will generate through an exhaustive survey.

Report Launch | January 23, 2020 | India International Centre, New Delhi