Delhi: The Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi is looking for ‘promising’ startups which can combat rising air and water pollution levels in the national capital.
The Aam Aadmi Party government along with the University of Chicago will provide Rs 2 crore or more in seed funding to such initiatives. The Government has also opened up the ‘Urban Labs Innovation Challenge: Delhi’ for prospective startups to submit their ideas. The move comes amid reports that the air pollution in Delhi has reached hazardous levels. It had registered pollution level of 999 on the Air Quality Index, a new high for the pollution in the city, on November 27.
Recently Greenpeace had released a report which described New Delhi’s air pollution level is 10 times higher than that prescribed by World Health Organization. In 2014, WHO ranked India among the countries having worst air quality, as out of top 20 polluted cities, 13 were from India.