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Using Mass Rapid Transit System to reduce Air Pollution

Owing to the large number of vehicles, including motorcycles and scooters, air pollution is a major problem in Hyderabad. The fine particulate matter of dust, smoke, soot and gaseous emissions have an impact on human health. It also can have an adverse effect on property, as structures can sustain damage due to corrosive ambient elements. However, it is health of people that is a more worrisome issue.

Vehicles are instrumental in emissions, such as sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide and NOx. These emissions are one of the main contributors to elevated levels of air pollution in cities, including Hyderabad.

Health Issues due to Air Pollution
Due to air pollution caused by ever increasing number of vehicles, health issues that were previously not so rampant are being observed. Some of the common ailments include:

  • Respiratory disorders, such as asthma and bronchitis are on the rise
  • Skin rashes are also more common
  • Allergies
  • Premature death because of exposure to high levels of harmful pollutants in the air

 

These health issues are worrying, as they also have economic repercussions. An ailing and sick population cannot make meaningful contribution to the society, community and nation.

How to Tackle Air Pollution
One of the best ways to reduce the number of vehicles on the roads is by introducing a more efficient public transport system. When there is an efficient and affordable public transport system in place, people will be more willing to use it to go to work or to other places.

Public transport should provide a more efficient alternative to private vehicles; and one such alternative undoubtedly is Mass Rapid Transit System, like the Metro. An efficient, comfortable transport system like the Metro can convince many people leave their vehicles at home and use the Metro when they want to commute.

With HMR building the elevated Metro in Hyderabad, it will help commuters to not only beat traffic congestion on the streets, but also help reduce air pollution. Commuters can look forward to an affordable mode of transportation that is quick and comfortable. The unique driverless technology and well ventilated stations at key areas will reduce commute time and also help to decrease air pollution in Hyderabad. People will realise that using Hyderabad Metro is not only cost-effective and quick, but also convenient and comfortable.

Reducing Air Pollution through Improvement in Transport System

 

Air pollution is a serious problem in major cities of India. This problem is prevalent in Hyderabad too. Ambient concentrations of fine particulate matter can have both economic and human impacts. Where health is concerned, air pollution results in respiratory disorders, skin rashes, allergies and premature death due to exposure to elevated levels of toxic and harmful pollutants. Further, the non-health impacts are also substantial.

 

Vehicles and Air Pollution

Too many vehicles on the road are one of the main contributors to air pollution. People using private vehicles such as cars, motorcycles and scooters, often cause high levels of emissions. Sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide and NoX are common emissions from vehicles and when their levels in the environment increase, it leads to air pollution.

 

How to Control Air Pollution

One of the ways to control air pollution is improving the public transport system. When there is a comfortable, efficient and cost effective transport system, commuters will be more inclined to using it.

 

There has to be a concerted effort to provide alternatives to private vehicles. One such alternative is the metro, which is a mass transit system. HMR is coming up with an elevated metro in Hyderabad and this will not only prove to be a cheaper mode of transportation, but also comfortable and quick. The state-of-the-art technology and well-ventilated stations will help people reduce their commute time across the city. When more people use Hyderabad Metro, it will result in reduction in private vehicles and this, in turn, will help to reduce emissions. When vehicular emissions reduce, air pollutants will be controlled.

 

It is envisaged that Hyderabad Metro Rail will go a long way in providing mobility to people, who use smaller vehicles because of affordable commute, and it will attract those with larger vehicles because of efficient service, cleanliness and quick mode of transportation through busy areas of the city.