India home to nine of the ten most polluted global cities, lost 8.5 per cent of GDP in 2013 to air pollution

Even as Delhi reels under the smog due to heavy air pollution, a report suggests that nine of the ten most polluted global cities are in India. This means these cities could very well exceed the emission targets under the 2015 Paris agreement.

The report further suggests that to change things India could invest 401 billion US dollars worth capital expenditure towards a green future between 2015 and 2030 period.

In the report published on Tuesday, Bank of America Securities said that there are seven major drivers for the condition to improve. This includes the push to cut diesel intake, increase natural gas and renewable energy, stricter emission norms, cleaning up Ganga river and better energy efficiency.

‘Between 2015 and 2030, India could drive USD 401 billion in capex towards a green future, gain 106 GW in energy savings by adopting renewals, and reduce C02 by 1.1 billion tonne per annum, helping her exceed the 2015 Paris agreement,’ the report said. India is among the most polluted globally, across air/ water and noise pollution. it noted.

This is not the first time India has featured at the top spot in this list. A 2018 survey put seven of the top 10 most polluted cities in the world to India.

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