Tourism will be impacted negatively by the “message” that India’s national capital is reeling under air pollution, Union Minister Mahesh Sharma said on Wednesday, as he batted for greater efforts to make the city pollution-free.
Sharma, however, felt that it was “practically impossible” to implement Delhi Government’s odd-even number formula for plying vehicles on city roads as a measure to curb pollution.
“The message that is going out to the world whether Delhi is a polluted capital… will have negative impact on tourism in the country. Countrymen, especially people in Delhi, should take a pledge to make the city and country pollution-free. “Tourism is our strength, to generate foreign exchange.
This (pollution) will have impact on the same,” the Union Minister of Culture said.
The Minister made the remarks while speaking on the sidelines of launch of National Museum’s art gallery at Udyog Bhawan Metro Station here. Sharma urged people to keep in mind they do not hand over a legacy of polluted Delhi to future generations.