New Delhi: Even as the National Green Tribunal said on Friday that no new diesel vehicles would be registered in the national capital to check the air pollution the move may not achieve desired results but can be considered as a good initiative. The national capital has nearly 90 lakh registered vehicles, almost a third of them cars. Some 1,500 new vehicles are added every day.
As per the 2010 global burden of disease report, outdoor air pollution caused more than 6.2 lakh premature deaths in India and nearly 18 million healthy years of life were lost that year, according to a report published in TOI.
In the backdrop of such a harsh scenario, here are some tips which will not only purify the indoor air but will also pump-in apple of oxygen with least in cost.
1. Spider plant: Can be kept near inside kitchens where gas stoves are used. The unique feature of this plant is that it can control harmful gases like carbon monoxide and xylene.
2. Sansevieria: This is a potted plant and can be kept in balcony or near the window. This plant helps absorb carbon monoxide.
3. Boston fern: This plant is best for hanging baskets and grows easily in bright to medium light. The key action of this plant is that it reduces hazardous fumes like formaldehyde and xylene.
4. English IVY: This plant is best for hanging baskets, effective in freshly painted rooms or those with computers, printers, fax machines and petrol stations. The importance of this plant is that it can act against benzene, formaldehyde and xylene gases.
5. Areca palm: This plant can be kept anywhere, but especially useful in carpeted rooms or those with freshly painted furniture. It helps in reducing negative impact of xylene and formaldehyde.
Earlier, Delhi government had announced the odd-even formula in response to judicial warnings of rising air pollution, and after the Delhi High Court said that the national capital was becoming a "gas chamber".