It's time to plant more trees to ensure less pollution
Navigating Madurai's peak hour traffic is a daily nightmare. Apart from the vehicles, there are the dust and the fumes to contend with.
“The increased presence of PM 10 and PM 2.5 indicates higher levels of pollution and pose a higher risk to the public since this can cause a host of respiratory problems,” says Rajmohan S, Managing Director of the organisation.
While vehicles are a direct cause of the unclean air with their emission of particulates, the dust and sand on the roadside add to the pollution as they carry the particulate matter which are suspended in the air. ...
The best way to keep the air in residential and commercial areas clean is to plant more trees.
“People should take to planting trees and this should be enforced along highways and places which record high levels of particulate matter,” Dr Muthuchelian points out.
“Trees absorb pollutants, and when planted strategically, act like a protective curtain around houses and institutions, as well as highways which witness increased vehicular movement and dust,” he adds.
Echoing his point, Dr Velraj emphasises the need to increase and implement afforestation measures. “While the increase in vehicles is a part of urbanisation and can’t be prevented, we should seek to redress this by increasing the green cover rather than curbing lifestyle choices,” he says.