Recently, Minister of State for Health and Family welfare Anupriya Patel, in a written statement to the Parliament, cited the ‘India – Diagnostic Assessment of Select Environmental Challenges’ report prepared by the World Bank Disaster Management and Climate Change Unit. According to the report, the 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.
Further according to the statement, the cost of serious health consequences from Particulate Matter pollution is estimated to be around 3 per cent of India’s GDP
Patel informed the Lok Sabha that Government is taking measures to control air pollution like 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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