In the past decade, Chandigarh has earned the dubious distinction of being the highest vehicle density in respect with its geographical area.
In a recently held conference on Air quality Management, it was discussed that increase in the number of automobile has rendered to the adversarial effect on the quality of air.
On monitoring the detailed study of slides from an Air quality assessment report of Chandigarh, Vivek Pandey, the scientist from the environmental department broadly categorised five root causes of air population, viz. rapid increase in automobiles and transport vehicles, horticulture, industrialisation, road dust re-suspension and stubble from neighbouring states.
Chandigarh has witnessed an escalation in the rate of per capita density of vehicles, like no other city in the country. As of now, the density of 878 vehicles over 1,000 people taking into consideration UT, Punjab and Haryana.
However, meteoric rise in number of transport vehicles adds to the complexity, as they contribute to carbon monoxide. Chandigarh has witnessed an escalation in the rate of per capita density of vehicles, like no other city in the country. As of now, the density of 878 vehicles over 1,000 people taking into consideration UT, Punjab and Haryana.
The sheer uplift of light motor vehicles (LMV) including cars and jeeps and condensing use of two wheelers is one of the prominent reasons behind the vehicular increase in the city. On analysing the computed data, it was witnessed that there has been 98% rise in LMV’s as compared to two wheelers. It is found that from year 2007 to 2016 chandigarh saw and increase of 1,86,315 LMV’s. Whereas, an increase of 2,24,345 in two wheelers.
With an incremental increase of 64% of total vehicles, Chandigarh turns out to have the highest number of vehicles per person all over India. Keeping aside the LMV’s and two-wheelers, the city has 4,500 registered busses and 11,000 goods and other vehicles. As a result, it has resulted in devastating effect on the climatic and air quality of Chandigarh.
Source: Times of India
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