A review of vehicular pollution in urban India and its effects on human health


  • Chetana Khandar National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Nagpur-440 020, India.
  • Sharda Kosankar National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Nagpur-440 020, India.


Air pollution, Vehicular emission, Carcinogenicity, Mutagenicity, Cardiovascular mortality


The rapid development in urban India has resulted in a tremendous increase in the number of motor vehicles. In some cities, this has doubled in the last decade. Rapid urbanization and growth of motor vehicles impose a serious effect on human life and the environment in recent years. Motor vehicles are a significant source of urban air pollution and are increasingly important contributors of anthropogenic carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Transport sector contributes a major sector, contributing 90% of total emissions. Air pollution is a serious environmental health threat to humans. Adverse effects range from nausea, difficulty in breathing and skin irritations, birth defects, immunosuppression and cancer. All these situations indicate that air pollution becoming a major problem in Indian context and there is an essential need to build up healthy environment and increase the level of research around the world. The present study is a review of an increase in vehicular pollution in India and its effect on human due to increasing road transport.


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Khandar, C., & Kosankar, S. (2014). A review of vehicular pollution in urban India and its effects on human health. Advances in BioScience, 5(3), 54–61. Retrieved from https://journals.sospublication.co.in/ab/article/view/157