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News on Health 9 ArdorComm Media Group Delhi Government Warns of Adverse Mental Health Effects Due to Air Pollution, NGT Seeks Action

Delhi Government Warns of Adverse Mental Health Effects Due to Air Pollution, NGT Seeks Action

-By ArdorComm News Network

The Delhi government has alerted the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to the detrimental impact of air pollution on mental health, highlighting feelings of sadness, cognitive difficulties, and decreased resilience among individuals. Responding to NGT’s inquiry on the psychological consequences of declining air quality, the government emphasized the urgent need to analyze mental health effects.

In its submission, the Delhi government referenced studies demonstrating the adverse effects of air pollution on mental well-being, especially among rural and economically vulnerable populations. Environmental pollutants, particularly air pollutants, have been linked to various mental health issues, including anxiety, mood changes, and psychotic disorders, according to the government’s report.

The NGT bench, led by Justice Prakash Shrivastava, noted the Delhi government’s recommendations for addressing mental health challenges posed by air pollution. These include general measures such as physical activity and therapy, as well as specific interventions like psychiatric services provided by government hospitals.

However, the NGT expressed concern over the lack of monitoring for certain air pollutants, including ammonia, lead, nickel arsenic, and Benzo(a)pyrene. The tribunal emphasized the need for comprehensive monitoring and urged the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to provide additional data on these parameters.

Furthermore, the NGT raised questions regarding the disbursement of environmental compensation (EC) funds for road construction by municipal authorities. Doubting the legitimacy of such expenditures, the tribunal directed the CPCB to submit a detailed report outlining the approval process for fund allocation, the utilization plan for environmental components, and the correlation between pollutants and human health.

As air pollution continues to pose significant risks to public health, the NGT’s scrutiny underscores the imperative for proactive measures to safeguard mental well-being and mitigate environmental hazards.

 

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