Polluted
Polluted

Air pollution in India is a serious issue with the major sources being fuelwood and biomass burning, fuel adulteration, vehicle emission and traffic congestion. The levels of air pollution are continuously on the rise with no intentions of stopping. During the autumn and winter months large scale crop residues are burnt in the agricultural fields with low costing alternatives rather than mechanical tilling. This has become a major source of smoke, smog and particulate pollution.

This winter, once again India is heading for the worst time of year in terms of air pollution, a season where the country’s notoriously poor quality becomes even more toxic. Dozens of other Indian cities are dealing with severe pollution too, but many of the particulates that blanket the metro regions originate in rural areas, and rural areas are just as badly affected by poor air, if not more so. Whittled down from the WHO’s study of over 4,000 cities in 100 countries, let us take a look at the 10 most polluted cities in India based on a comparison of the average amount of PM (Particulate Matter) 2.5 — a particle considered so small that it can enter the lungs and cause serious health problems.  Keep In mind all the readings mentioned are as of November 1, 2018




1) Kanpur, India

The city of Kanpur in northern India has an average PM2.5 level of 301.4 micrograms per cubic meter according to the day- by- day status report which is far higher than the WHO’s recommendation of no more than 10 mcg per cubic meter.

2) Faridabad, India

The largest and most populous city in the state of Haryana, Faridabad borders India’s capital New Delhi. Heavy traffic is just one factor that contributes to its day-by-day average of 273.8 micrograms per cubic meter of PM2.5.

3) Gurgaon, India

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Gurgaon air pollution

City’s air, is one of the most polluted in the country at a day-by day average of 261.4 micrograms per cubic meter of PM 2.5 on the Air Quality Index (AQI), putting it in the ‘severe’ category. Haryana State Pollution Control Board regional officer JB Sharma attributed the severity of pollution to rampant construction activity, slated to be banned for the next 10 days.

4) Greater Noida, India

The pollution level in Greater Noida is very dangerous. It is increasing at an alarming rate and can even surpass Delhi. The city although green it is a matter of concern for the authority of Greater Noida to control the pollution level as it is a residential hub of New Delhi. It has a day-by -day average of 248.9 microgram per cubic meter of PM 2.5

5) Delhi, India

Delhi air pollution
Delhi air pollution

Formerly the world’s most polluted city, Delhi has partially cleaned up its act but still averages PM2.5 levels of 247.9. According to reports, due to the agricultural residue burnt in Punjab and other neighboring states and villages many of the particulates blanket into the metro regions. This increases the levels of pollution even higher making it very unsafe to breathe.

6) Ghaziabad, India

The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of Ghaziabad was recorded at 235 µg/m³ with an average of PM 2.5 day-by-day, according to data by the Central Pollution Control Board. Vehicular pollution, combined with construction and natural dust, contribute to the poor air quality in the city.

7) Noida, India

The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of Noida was recorded at 230.1 µg/m³ with an average of PM 2.5 day-by-day, according to data by the Central Pollution Control Board.

8) Bulandshahr, India




The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of Bulandshahr was recorded at 220.5 µg/m³ with an average of PM 2.5 day-by-day, according to data by the Central Pollution Control Board. The pollution from the industries is the major reason behind the increase in pollution rates.

9) Baghpat, India

The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh was recorded at 217.6 µg/m³ with an average of PM 2.5 day-by-day, according to data by the Central Pollution Control Board.

10) Hapur, India

The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of Hapur was recorded at 210.7 µg/m³ with an average of PM 2.5 day-by-day, according to data by the Central Pollution Control Board.

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