Concerns Over Air Quality At Buddha's Birthplace In Nepal

Buddhist monks don masks to protect themselves from pollution in Lumbini in Nepal at the historic site where Buddha was born.

Scientists have warned Nepal, there is a serious threat from pollution in the area, after collating data from five monitoring stations.

Lumbini is an ever expanding industrious area and as such, the contamination of the sacred site is raising cause for concerns. Air pollution is not only a menace to tourists and locals but could also damage ancient artefacts.

Lumbini is the place where, according to Buddhist tradition, Queen Mayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama in 563 BC. Gautama, who achieved Enlightenment some time around 528 BCbecame the Gautama Buddha and founded Buddhism.

A government body had designated 15 kilometres around the site of Buddha’s birth as the Lumbini Protected Zone.

But close by are cement, steel, paper, brick and noodle factories, which lie within the protected area.

Clearly something must be done to improve the air quality in the vicinity of what is a major tourist attraction. People, including monks, arrive from all over the world to pay homage to Buddha.

The site has been in existence for over 2600 years.

Recently people have had to put face masks on to ease their suffering and those who suffer from asthma have been severely affected.

But the government wishes to develop the area further to attract new tourists, which will generate income for the local population. However, a clean air policy will have to be introduced and maintained before this can happen.

Things have gotten so bad that lung related diseases have increased dramatically and skin related conditions are on the rise.

Even the leaves of the trees and vegetation show evidence of collecting dust from the nearby factories in Lumbini.

Source : BBC

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