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
- 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.