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Clean, Green And Smart

Powered by cutting edge technologies, a clutch of Indian start ups has developed out of the box solutions to reduce pollution and generate clean energy.

Green is gaining power. Not just in Europe, where the European Commission is planning to put together a war chest of 10 euro billion to develop and market eco friendly low carbon technologies, but also in China, which is determined to deal with serious pollution issues and is working aggressively towards green energy, clean air and electric vehicle expansion. Closer home, our green efforts need to improve drastically.

For instance, 14 of the top 15 most polluted cities in the world are in India, according to a recent ranking released by the World Health Organization (WHO). The index measured the presence of fine particulate matter known as PM2.5 and also took into account PM10, underlining the dangerously deteriorating air quality and its toll on the economy. Government think tank NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog has already warned that India is hurtling towards the worst water crisis in its history.

As for clean energy, India's ambitious National Solar Mission aims to add 100 GW of solar power capacity by 2022, but the country's current capacity stands at a meagre 21.65 GW. Understandably, the government is focussing more on cleantech and green infrastructure, as are several tech start ups across the country, offering

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