A country which worships nature houses 14 most polluted cities of the world!

Doesn't it sound surprising that 14 out of 20 most polluted cities of the world are situated in India.

Surprisingly, this is the country where nature is worshipped and people have been offering prayers to trees, are revering their rivers and planting saplings. Despite such a strong value system, where is it lacking, seems to be a serious issue.

How can we kill our own green belt, how can we pollute our rivers and air surrounding us. Doesn't this report sound alarm bells and force us to do something to ensure these cities turn green to bring back their lost charm.

Shouldn't we blame greed and growth for the ecological and natural destruction of these cities.

This report has been released by WHO report where the 14 most polluted cities out of 20 have been named as Kanpur, Faridabad, Varanasi, Gaya, Patna, Delhi, Lucknow, Agra, Muzaffarpur, Srinagar, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Patiala and Jodhpur.

Polluted lanes in Delhi  pose health challenge to many

Polluted lanes in Delhi pose health challenge to many

In fact, all these cities are growing and there is hunger for growth among its residents. The urge to have lavish lifestyle, luxury cars, concrete societies and air-conditioned residences have disturbed the ecological balance.

The greed and growth growing among the countrymen hence will not be wrong to be termed as the main reason for the inclusion of these cities in the report.

In a greed to procure more land and houses, Indians are chopping off greenbelt with least concern of animals losing their habitat and we losing fresh air.

With a passion to grow in professional careers, this country which represents the highest numbers of youngest citizens, have stopped caring for environment; we continue changing our cars without even caring for environment; we need air-conditioned houses to ensure we don't face the heat inside our house, no matter what is the consequence outside.

Growth for us is limited to buying flats in posh locations, getting the best electronic products in the world, buying latest luxury cars and what not; but in this endeavour, we forget that growth is cancer, it spreads and it kills.

In fact, this cancerous growth has started spreading its tentacles far and wide in India.

The annual mean PM2.5 values in these 14 polluted cities ranged from 98 to 173 micrograms per cubic metre. Similarly, PM10 levels calculated ranged between 180 to 319 micrograms per cubic metre against the WHO guidelines which prescribe an annual mean PM10 to be lesser  than 20 micrograms for each cubic metre.

Isn't this irony of the land that we are deviating from our values; to care for nature and to get rid of greedy aspirations.

We are working day in and day out, and sleeping for few hours, to collect the best of luxuries from the world.

But what is the outcome; we are inhaling toxic air, consuming medicines for depression, worrying for our heart to be happy going. Isn't this the time, time to stop and think, are we really tracking the growth path or are we heading towards slow-suicide. There is still some time left…so let’s think together…to ensure we have heathy surroundings and healthy us.