27 MAR,2022 | MEDC
According to the 2021 World Air Quality Report, 35 of the 50 most polluted cities globally are in India. Delhi is the most polluted capital and the fourth most polluted city in the world. Mumbai also lags most Indian metros on air quality. No Indian city meets the prescribed WHO standards regarding acceptable pollution levels. We need to redesign our energy systems in a manner more compatible with environmental requirements. This necessitates placing greater emphasis on renewables than currently done. There are many low hanging fruits here, especially solar and wind options, which we could carefully pluck. Addressing air pollution can provide immediate and tangible benefits for people and communities throughout India, and hence it should become a policy priority. There is also a strong business case to include air pollution in the climate change agenda. Failure to act decisively could adversely impact our economy, especially the agricultural sector.
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