India's fast-track environmental clearances for projects alarms environmentalists

India's fast-track environmental clearances for projects alarms environmentalists

NEW DELHI: India's fast-tracking of environmental clearances for projects like power plants and coal mines has caused alarm among environmentalists and affected residents.

Environmental group Greenpeace says India's construction sector and coal-fired power plants are major contributors to rising levels of particulate matter in the air.

World Health Organization says India is home to the world's fourteen most polluted cities.

The PM10 index, which measures the concentration of particulate matter of ten microns diameter or less in the air, hit 999 in the capital New Delhi last week, the highest measure on monitoring devices.

This coarse particulate matter is mostly dust, which attaches to toxic material from other emissions.

 AFP