Air pollution is the primary concern for foreigners considering establishing a permanent base in India, with the issue entangled in the political blame game, a German Embassy official said on Thursday. Addressing a symposium on air pollution here, Hendrik Selle, the head of the Department for Economic and Global Affairs at the German Embassy, said that air pollution affects not only people’s health but also the economy. “Air pollution, in India for example, is one of the primary factors for those abroad who consider establishing a permanent representation in the country…(They) say this is something we cannot run the risk of doing,” he said.
Selle added that political action alone cannot reduce air pollution and the support of the private sector is crucial. The German official said his country welcomes India’s National Clean Air Programme which aims to reduce air pollution in 131 cities across the country.