Delhi pollution: Paytm chief moves out temporarily; gives staff option to work from home

Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma has left New Delhi to escape the pollution that has paralysed the normal life in the capital city, according to a report in The Economic Times.

He left on Sunday with family for Mumbai and plans to stay put there until the air clears in Delhi, says the report.

Vijay Shekhar Sharma. PTI

Vijay Shekhar Sharma. PTI file photo

“I couldn’t have waited till Monday. Air is really bad in Delhi and I’m allergic to dust,” he has been quoted as saying in the report.

In an indication that the pollution may be impacting the businesses, Sharma has also reportedly cancelled a slew of meetings that was scheduled to take place in the Noida office. He has even asked his staff to work from home if required.

As pollution levels worsened in Delhi, the government had two days back announced a raft of "emergency" measures, including shutting schools until Wednesday, banning construction and demolition activities for five days and temporary closure of Badarpur Power Plant.

Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal also appealed to people to stay indoors and if possible work from home considering the situation, adding that strict action will be taken against those found burning garbage.

According to the ET report, Sharma had earlier too considered shifting the base to Bengaluru due to pollution issues. However, he decided to continue in Delhi due to the  better global connectivity the city offers.

Published Date: Nov 08, 2016 11:16 AM | Updated Date: Nov 08, 2016 11:35 AM

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