Sustainable air quality: How Delhi lost the plot – part 2

Keshav Chaturvedi

India’s capital Delhi has expanded at a phenomenal rate during the last two decades. Presence of economic opportunities in and around the city and lack of it in the hinterland, forced hundreds of thousands of people from all over the country to migrate here and turn it into a teeming metropolis.
The city, governed by the national government, was turned into a state with separate funds and its own state government with limited powers in 1993. Many years before that, another administrative entity was created to cater to the needs of a growing national capital. This was called National Capital Region (NCR).
NCR comprises, among others, four satellite towns adjacent to the city – Gurgaon, Faridabad, NOIDA and Ghaziabad. The first two are located in the state of Haryana and the last two in the state of Uttar Pradesh. All the four cities were few kilometres away from the National…

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