Health cost of air pol­lu­tion in In­dia as­sessed at three per cent of GDP

BioSpectrum (India) - - Bio News -

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”.

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