What's the buzz?

A whisper campaign that CNG causes cancer is doing the rounds in Delhi

Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015 | 02:50:09 AM

Ever since an increasing number of vehicles running on compressed natural gas (cng) started plying on Delhi roads, a strange whisper campaign has been blowing in the air -- cng causes cancer. A survey conducted by the Centre for Science and Environment (cse), New Delhi, found that of the 207 autorickshaw drivers surveyed, more than half of them had heard the rumour.

The rumour had spread through a cohesive and active network of autorickshaw drivers. None of the drivers could authenticate this hearsay with a newspaper report or any organisation. But, quite a few of them referred to a lawsuit filed by Apollo hospital, New Delhi, to stop the usage of cng . Apollo hospital authorities, however, denied filing any lawsuit.
Clearly, the campaign seems to be motivated to undermine the efforts of the Supreme Court to clean up Delhi's air. Experts feel that the Delhi government has made no attempts to inform the people about the need and the merit of moving to cng , and to educate target groups such as autorickshaw drivers regarding the benefits of using cng.

Subscribe to Weekly Newsletter :
We are a voice to you; you have been a support to us. Together we build journalism that is independent, credible and fearless. You can further help us by making a donation. This will mean a lot for our ability to bring you news, perspectives and analysis from the ground so that we can make change together.

Comments are moderated and will be published only after the site moderator’s approval. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name. Selected comments may also be used in the ‘Letters’ section of the Down To Earth print edition.