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Toxic air will drive away skilled expats: Assocham

Missing clarity: Smog engulfs Dwarka in New Delhi on Friday. V. V. Krishnan

Missing clarity: Smog engulfs Dwarka in New Delhi on Friday. V. V. Krishnan  

Expressing anxiety over the dangerously unhealthy air quality levels in the National Capital Region (NCR), apex industry body ASSOCHAM on Friday urged the Centre and governments of Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh to establish a clear strategy for aggressively tackling air pollution.

“Different ministries, departments as well as universities, research institutions and organisations alike must come together and also engage top-tier professionals to chart out a systematic, clear timetable and roadmap for tackling air pollution and curbing its causes thereby improving Delhi’s air quality,” said ASSOCHAM in an SOS sent to the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change along with governments of Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and UP.

“Delhi is facing an emergency situation but there is hardly any intention or commitment seen to address the problem... Innovative solutions like using mist cannons and creating a special force to check construction activities, vehicular pollution and rubbish burning is the need of the hour,” said ASSOCHAM secretary general D.S. Rawat.

“The increasing air pollution can take a toll on the urban economy by cutting short life span of people, thereby increasing healthcare costs to the government, driving away top executives and talented people to other cities with better air quality, thereby negatively affecting Delhi’s ability to attract highly-skilled expatriates, severely impacting inflow of investments and hitting sectors like tourism, hospitality, outdoor recreation and others,” said Mr. Rawat.

“Promoting use of more efficient and less polluting energy sources, restricting growing number of vehicles and stringent enforcement of pollution laws will help in smooth transition to a more environment-friendly economy in the long-term,” he added.

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