How Modi govt’s natural gas plan is giving no relief to smog-choked cities


How Modi govt’s natural gas plan is giving no relief to smog-choked cities

India’s drive to clean up some of the world’s worst air by burning more natural gas appears to be faltering. Despite an overall rise in use over the past three years, infrastructure, policies, weak domestic production and competition from coal have conspired to keep the fuel’s share of the total mix stagnant.

That’s complicating efforts to rid the nation of smog and risking investments estimated at 1.7 trillion rupees ($24 billion).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who won a United Nations environmental award in September for promoting solar power, has struggled to curtail pollution that non-profit Health Effects Institute estimate contributed to the deaths of more than 1.1 million Indians in 2015. Read More

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