Bengaluru/New Delhi: India’s ambitious mission to provide housing for all by 2022, build new cities like Amaravati and implement smart city projects will have to encounter serious environmental problems such as rising air pollution and conservation of critical energy resources, an indication that going “green” could be the only way forward.
Delhi remains the most polluted megacity in the world according to a World Health Organization (WHO) report released on Wednesday, which also estimated that about 7 million people across the globe are dying each year from exposure to ambient and household air pollution.
WHO compiled air quality data for megacities with a population of 14 million or more and found that Greater Cairo in Egypt is the second most polluted city, followed by Dhaka. Mumbai and Beijing were ranked fourth and fifth, respectively.
The implementation of green, sustainable buildings in India has been limited due to weak policy and poor awareness.
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