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Delhi Earns The Dubious Reputation As Most Polluted Capital of The World



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Once again, Delhi has the dubious reputation of being the world’s most polluted capital. For the second year in a row, Delhi has earned this dubious feat.

IQAir, an independent Swiss firm that tracks World Air quality, has released a list of the 100 most polluted cities in the world. Sixty-three cities of India figure in the list. The WHO has set a benchmark for air quality, ad sadly, no Indian city met the WHO standard.

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Harayana Continues To Be The Most Polluted State In India

Most of the most polluted cities in India are around the National Capital, and Harayana continues to be the most polluted state in India. Significant pollution causes are exhaust gases from automobiles and the burning of stubble, also known in the local dialect as burning parali.

The stubble is of the paddy, which after harvesting, is left behind. The field has to be readied for the wheat crop, and therefore this stubble is burned. The burning of farm leftovers is one of the significant causes of pollution in North India. This burning stubble is practiced by farmers in the North Gangetic plains of India. It has been indicted as the primary cause of the deteriorating air quality in the capital city and its adjoining areas.

Pollution Ten Times The WHO Benchmark

According to IQAir’s World Air Quality Report, air pollution has worsened in India. The deadly and life-threatening PM2.5 pollutant is 58.1 micrograms per cubic meter. It is more than ten times the benchmark of air quality guidelines set by the World Health Organisation (WHO).


While Delhi is the fourth most polluted place globally, Rajasthan’s Bhiwadi is the most polluted place in the world, closely followed by Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad on Delhi’s eastern border. Ten of the most polluted cities are in India around the National Capital.

According to the air quality life index developed by the University of Chicago, citizens in Delhi and Lucknow can augment their life span by a decade if the air quality in these cities improves to WHO set standards. On the other hand, health costs due to air pollution are expected to be over $150 billion annually. It is estimated that every three minutes, a person dies due to ailments precipitated by lousy air quality. Indi must learn a lesson from Beijing city where the air quality has constantly improved in the last five years due to stringent measures taken by the Government and people.


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