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Pollution – Hazardous to Real Estate Health?

  By-  Prashant Thakur, Director & Head – Research, ANAROCK Property Consultants The National Capital region’s air quality has been hovering at ‘severe pollution’ levels. Delhi has become the de facto ‘poster boy’ of urban pollution in the country, and Skymet identified it as the world’s most polluted city this month. However, this leading weather analysis and forecast agency also confirmed that six of the world’s 10 most-polluted cities are in India. It would be logical to assume that severe air pollution impacts a region’s overall property market. However, this is not really the case – in fact, the impact of pollution on property demand in India is almost negligible.   The ‘Adaptability’ of Cities Pollution spiking in De...

Should we have Development at the Cost of Environment? – RealtyMyths

by Akhilesh K Prasad, According to the latest report by Greenpeace and AirVisual, 22 out of the 30 most polluted cities in the world were found to be in India. Of these, Gurugram was the most polluted with an average index of 135.8 in 2018, which is three times the level prescribed by the US Environmental Protection as ‘healthy.’ The same report has also suggested that air pollution will cause around 7million premature deaths. In addition, the estimated global cost in terms of labour cost would be to the tune of $225 billion apart from trillions in medical costs. Economic development is often cited as an excuse for environmental issues. It is suggested that India’s growing population is the primary cause of India’s environmental degradation. However, there are countries like Japan and Sing...

National Clean Air program: How much effective it is?

by Anushree Ghosh Analyzing the National Clean Air program Our constitution mentions it as an obligation to conserve the environment and achieve sustainability.   However, our country faces several issues because of its burgeoning population and pollution is one of the gravest amongst them. Air pollution includes emission from factories, construction sites, and agriculture. Due to rapid urbanisation and industrialization, pollution levels are increasingly becoming hazardous for the citizens. Seasonal dense smog in metropolitan cities have become a pattern in the last few years and is continuously under public scrutiny. As per the article published by “The Wire” on Sept 2018: “Recently, the US Health Effects Institute reported that India and China account for over half of global deaths due ...

NBCC Strengthens Pollution Curbing Measures for all its Projects sites.

NBCC (India) Ltd, a Navratna CPSE under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, in the wake of dipping Air Quality levels in the country and especially in New Delhi, has issued revised guidelines to responsibly and effectively curb dust pollution caused by Construction activities. The company has made it mandatory to seek approvals of the environmental management plan, inclusive of dust mitigation measures, before the implementation of any building or infrastructure project requiring environmental clearance. Dr. Anoop Kumar Mittal, CMD, NBCC, said, “As a conscious corporate, we at NBCC always undertake due diligence of the processes before starting the work at any of our sites. This is followed by continuous & strict monitoring and vigil. We have always ensured that there is no harm...

What Next, Polluting the Sun or the Moon?

by Anushree Ghosh,  “The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago… had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands.” – The Dance of Life, 1923 In our greed and selfishness, we have been destroying the approachable assets of nature. Thankfully, we couldn’t find a way to littler the sky or else the sun, the moon and stars would have remained only in our imagination. Currently, the oceans, the rivers and the mountains are going through the process of deterioration. The waste created by the human activities is accumulating and piling up day by day. The results are surely hazardous and we the stakeholders, are required to contribute their part to restrict all amounts of pollution in their control. Preserving the natural habitat in its original fo...

Delhi Pollution: We need to go long-term, not knee-jerk

by Soumya Prakash A lot has been discussed about pollution in Delhi. There has been judicial activism to put a brake on pollution. Diesel to CNG conversion and this year’s Diwali eve ban on sale of firecrackers by the Supreme Court (SC) are just two such examples. This has led to a relatively cleaner Diwali giving some relief to people in general and especially those with chronic bronchial or lungs issues, children, and senior citizens. Responding to a PIL (Public Interest Litigation) filed by environment activist and lawyer M. C. Mehta way back in 1996, Supreme Court had issued a directive calling for the conversion of all buses, taxis, and three-wheelers to CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) in 1998. When diesel to CNG conversion happened, people thought pollution will be under control now. Bu...

How did China and London tackle pollution?

Mythbuster Aojasvi China In 1997, World Bank issued a report targeting China’s policy towards its ballooning industrial pollution. It said,”Hundreds of thousands of premature deaths and incidents of serious respiratory illness [have been] caused by exposure to industrial air pollution. Seriously contaminated by industrial discharges, many of China’s waterways are largely unfit for direct human use”. This presents the acute pollution crisis that China has been facing since over 2 decades now, which has emanated from particularly China’s economic rise, indiscriminate mis-regulation for the environmental and a little bit on its unaccountable political system. According to an Asian Development Bank report in 2013, 7 of the 10 most polluted cities in the world are ...

#PollutionInRealty

Pouring Cement and layering bricks are not the only factors of construction, there are many co-related factors with consequences, especially the environmental ones. Till recently, the investors and builders were enjoying smooth returns on real estate construction, without having to consider the deterioration caused by the atmosphere. MythBuster Anushree With the increasing numbers of environmental stakeholders speaking about responsible construction, the ball has landed in a different court now.  Investors & builders are forced to follow the environmental laws to maintain the air & water quality surrounding the construction site. Skyrocketing buildings, traffic running at lightning speed, impeccable infrastructure, and well-connected roads are the elements comprising the dream of a...

Stinking toilets, dirty corridors and overflowing patients – Reality of the government hospital infrastructure of India

You know everything is disappointing with a country’s health care system when you rush a serious patient to a government-run hospital, only to find out that they don’t have the necessary infrastructure to treat the patient. The dearth of basic infrastructure at hospitals is a matter of life and death; stinking toilets, dirty corridors, and overflowing patients are the real issues one deals with while visiting a government hospital in India. Mythbuster Anushree Almost 62% of the government hospitals in India don’t have a gynecologist on the pay roll, and about 22% of sub centers have not employed the required number of auxiliary nurse midwives. Both of which are directly proportional to reduce the newborn and maternal mortality rate. 80% of hospitals are overcrowded and they are serving mor...

Townships – Dealing with the drawbacks of urbanization

From the fast-emerging cities in countries like India and China to established urban centers in countries like the United States, UK and Europe, accelerated urban development has generated challenges of a scale not seen before in the history of civilization. Anil Pharande, Chairman – Pharande Spaces All’s NOT well with urbanization:  Deteriorating air quality is a major concern through the urban sprawls of Delhi, Mumbai, and Pune. In Beijing, the ever-escalating use of personal automobiles, industrial growth and the failure to phase out reliance on coal contribute to pollution that frequently results in workplace hubs and schools having to close down. In the bustling metropolises of London, New York, San Francisco, Tokyo and Mumbai, vastly inflated housing rates have priced out...

An anonymous rant about an infamous Delhi road. MCD are you listening?

by Aaheli Dutta To the Chief Minister, the Prime Minister or the local (wannabe) ministers whose pictures I keep seeing nowadays in the MCD election campaigns. Smiling in their ever-so-approachable demeanour. I am a simple person without any political background, preference, or knowledge. I have been living in Delhi since the last 5 years in IGNOU Road, Freedom Fighter’s Colony. I am sure you have heard of it (and ignored it like everyone does) as this place is pretty famous because of its infamous traffic jam. No, traffic is not what I am complaining about. I am an Indian, my genes are customized to accept it as a normal phenomenon. I have a problem with your indifference with the co-lateral inconvenience it causes. I am complaining about THAT! To put it very, very simply, you have made o...

Indian metro cities will never be carbon free! Know why?

After signing and subsequently ratifiying the Paris agreement, 2015 for green developmental agenda post 2020 and also thinking to ratify Doha amendments to Kyoto Protocol 2005, India has shown considerable commitment towards streamlining its future development through a green prism and pursuing a green growth, hence time is pretty ripe for India to develop a carbon-free city to make it as a model city for mobilising similar commitments from other towns. And pursuance of such a green policy can be more effectively implemented under the head of smart cities mission of the Central Govt. Let us understand what a carbon free city is and what it takes to develop the same in the Indian scenario- What is a carbon-free city? A carbon-free or a zero carbon city is a city with no carbon footprint. Th...

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