These 10 cities in India have the worst air to breathe | Tech Reddy


Union minister and BJP leader Bhupender Yadav on Wednesday attacked the Aam Aadmi Party over farm fires in Punjab and said that till date, farm fires have increased by over 19 per cent compared to 2021 in the AAP-ruled state. The national capital, he said, “has no doubt turned Delhi into a gas chamber.”

Meanwhile, Delhi and its surrounding areas recorded another day of poor air quality as the Air Quality Index (AQI) dropped to a ‘severe’ category in most areas. With poor air quality, asthma sufferers find it difficult to breathe as it affects health.

Along with Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, India currently has the most polluted cities. One of the main reasons why the air in these cities is so polluted is the burning of stubble by farmers in Punjab and the current climate which does not help the pollutants to disperse quickly from these areas.

Top 10 Most Polluted Cities in India: Complete List

City AQI

Noida 436

Bhiwani 407

Panipat 405

Ghaziabad 404

Hapur 388

Faridabad 371

New-Delhi 369

Gurgaon 368

Sonepat 361

Meerut 336

Delhi’s overall air quality index (AQI) stood at 426 at 9.10 am on Wednesday when forecasters predicted that air quality is likely to improve on the back of strong winds.

An AQI above 400 is considered “severe” and can affect healthy individuals and can be severely affected by existing illnesses.

Anand Vihar and Jahangirpuri were the most polluted places in the capital with an AQI of 460.

Areas that recorded “Severe” AQI were Alipur (439), Ashok Vihar (444), Bawana (456), Burari (443), Mathura Road (412), DTU (436), Dwarka (408), ITO ( 435), Mundka (438), Narela (447), Nehru Nagar (433), Patparganj (441), Rohini (453), Sonia Bihar (444), Vivek Bihar (444) and Uzirpur (444).

The AQI remained in the ‘very poor’ category in Ghaziabad (391), Noida (388), Greater Noida (390), Gurugram (391) and Faridabad (347), CPCB data said.

An AQI between zero and 50 is considered “good”, 51 and 100 “satisfactory”, 101 and 200 “moderate”, 201 and 300 “poor”, 301 and 400 “very poor”, and 401 and 500 “severe”. .

This comes a day after Punjab reported the highest number of farm fires. According to the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), Punjab reported 3,634 farm fires on Wednesday, the highest so far this year.

SAFAR, a forecasting agency under the Ministry of Earth Sciences, had earlier said stubble burning accounted for 32 percent of PM2.5 pollution in the capital on Wednesday.

Transport-level winds flow through the lowest two layers of the atmosphere — the troposphere and stratosphere — and carry smoke from farm fires to the National Capital Region.

PM2.5 are lung-damaging fine particles that are 2.5 micrometers or less in diameter and can travel deep into the respiratory tract, reach the lungs and enter the bloodstream.

* With input from agencies

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