Public health is a fundamental pillar of society, with inextricable links to a country’s economic growth. For a service-, agriculture-, and manufacturing-driven economy like India with a population of over 140 crore, citizen welfare directly influences labour force participation and productivity.
Poor air quality has been widely recognised to have serious impacts on the public’s quality of life and economies worldwide, making air pollution a public health emergency. Road transportation currently contributes to 12% of carbon dioxide emissions in India and is a key source of urban air pollution. In the first article in this series, we take a closer look at vehicular exhaust emissions in India’s silicon valley, Bengaluru, and its impact on citizen health.