Health cost of air pollution in India assessed at three per cent of GDP
According to ‘India-Diagnostic Assessment of Select Environment Challenges’ report prepared by the World Bank Disaster Management and Climate Change Unit, total damage because of environmental degradation amounts to Rs. 3.75 trillion which is equivalent to around 5.7 per cent of the India’s GDP.
In another report by Green Peace India, total deaths caused due to air pollution in the country are underestimated at least by six lakh people. It also adds that out of 6.5 million global deaths from air pollution in 2015, 3.4 million deaths were in China and India.
Commenting on the same, Anupriya Patel, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare said, “Government is making efforts to control air pollution by formulating environmental regulations, setting up of monitoring network for assessment of ambient air quality and promoting cleaner production processes”.
She also said, “Introduction of alternate fuels like gaseous fuel (CNG, LPG), implementation of Bharat Stage IV (BS-IV) norms in 63 select cities, promotion of public transport network of metro, buses, e-rickshaws and phasing out of 15-year-old diesel vehicles in Delhi were some other steps taken by the government to improve the air quality”.