The deteriorating air quality of Delhi and the nearby states has been a topic of utter concern lately. Several steps have been taken by the government as well as local communities to reduce air pollution. Schools and industries were shut down and people were given various guidelines on how to combat it.
According to AQI (Air Quality Index), the Capital’s air quality has been swinging between “poor” and “hazardous” for almost two weeks now. Bad air quality also causes risks of several lungs and respiratory diseases. Apart from this, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases and eye-burning are also extremely prone to happen.
Air Quality is affecting the economy
Owing to the increase in air pollution, flight services were disrupted. Not only this but the number of tourists also declined immensely. It seems like, the bad air quality is causing more damage to India then one might have thought. Recently, it came out that the bad air quality of the capital is also hampering the already dropping economy of the country.
The country’s losses due to the declining air pollution have increased more than four times to about $560 billion between the years 1990 and 2013. This figure was reported by the World Bank, wherein they have also attributed the economic burden to the rising costs of public health-care and workforce break.
As a result, pollution is now being considered as one of the hidden costs like repelling top corporate talent according to analysts and various industry lobby groups.
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Hemant Shivakumar, a New Delhi-based senior analyst at Control Risks that advises clients on political and security risks, says, “This feeds into the broader economic environment. If the air pollution escalates year after year and there’s no response then it’s likely to send investors a different message.”
Natasha Mudhar, the chief executive of London-based business consultancy Sterling Global, and Founder of The World We Want says, “There are a number of economic detriments linked with Delhi’s ongoing pollution crisis. Employers in the city are finding it increasingly hard to retain top-level executives and highly skilled workers who are looking to get out of the city and away from the hazardous air.”
Steps that were taken to combat it
Both the central as well as state government, have taken effective measures to tackle air pollution. The Central government has deployed more than 300 field teams in order to combat air pollution after it hit record levels. The state government, on the other hand, imposed restrictions on the use of private vehicles.
No one is unaware of the fact that India’s GDP has severed immensely, with the gross domestic product growth slipping to a six-year low in the quarter which ended in June. This is definitely a great concern for a country that once had one of the fastest-growing economies. While Prime Minister Narender Modi’s Government is trying its best to revive the dropping economy, air pollution has curated another problem.