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The world’s fastest-growing economy has the world’s most toxic air

Home to the world’s 10 most polluted cities, India — unlike China — is struggling to pull together a coordinated policy to curb pollution

By Iain Marlow  /  Bloomberg

In India, businesses are already feeling the effects. Billionaire entrepreneur Vijay Shekhar Sharma, who founded the digital payments firm Paytm, worries about losing talent.

Former banker Krishna Hegde relocated from Singapore to Bangalore to develop new products for Paytm, but said he quit mainly because he could not take trips to the firm’s headquarters near Delhi.

“By the end of the first day my energy levels would be coming down, and by the end of the second day I’d have a proper headache,” Hegde said.

Sharma has teamed up with a venture capitalist to invest in local and global start-ups that could help reduce smog. Other companies are attempting similar projects. Tractor manufacturer Sonalika Group donated machinery designed to encourage farmers in Haryana to stop burning old crop.

In New Delhi, Tomar, who was diagnosed six years ago with stage four lung cancer, can no longer work. She spends her days resting in the apartment between medical tests and chemotherapy appointments.

“Sometimes I break down that my family is bearing so much — mentally, physically, emotionally, but financially also,” she said.

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