Air Reaches Toxic Levels In Delhi: Indians Want A New Capital

Air Reaches Toxic Levels In Delhi: Indians Want A New Capital

The cause of Delhi's miserable air pollution has many factors to be considered like location, climate, road dust, badly maintained diesel vehicles. And after Diwali, thick smog has enveloped in Delhi, causing a lot of health problems among people who reside in the capital.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) stood at 500 on Monday and it is considered as in the "severe" category. It is also the highest since November 2016, when the AQI reached a staggering 497 on Sunday. Many schools have been shut till Tuesday to avoid respiratory diseases among children and in fact, the severity even prompted the majority of them to say they wanted to move out of the city.

Now, the question has raised, especially on social media, that if Delhi indeed deserves to be called the national capital in the first place. Though Delhi has been suffering air pollution from many years, this time, the smog has interrupted day to day work life in people. And winters only make the situation worse. Netizens suggested that Indian capital should be shifted to the central part of India and Delhi being toxic, should not even be considered a capital city. People have come up with alternatives like Chattisgarh, Bangalore, Chennai and Nagpur.

Talking about why Delhi has become capital in the first place, the city has always been the political heart of the subcontinent for millennia, tracing back all the way (ancient India) to Indraprastha, then to Chauhan, the Delhi sultanate and Mughals. Now, the easily accessible resources and already established foreign embassies, supreme court, president's residence will really make it impossible to even think of the idea of shifting the capital. Also, it's at a perfect distance from our neighbouring countries i.e., from a defence point of view.