Life Expectancy Increases by 3 yrs by Reducing PM2.5 by 30%

Life expectancy of Delhiites can go up by nearly three years, if the targets of the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) for the next five years are met, a new study released on Tuesday has said.

NCAP was launched recently by the Union environment minister recently. The programme takes 2017 as the base year to improve air quality and PM2.5 levels by 20% to 30%. The study, conducted by The Energy Policy Institute at University of Chicago (EPIC), uses the same base year as its parameter and says the programme could pay-off extensively in bringing the life expectancy up by an average of 1.4 years. Delhiites could gain around 2.8 years to their life, people in Kanpur would live 2.4 years longer, while Kolkata could see people live 1.1 years longer, it said.

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