Delhi from the list of the 10 most polluted cities in Asia; find out which Indian cities are on the list | Catch My Job


Nothing seems to be going right for India’s efforts to tackle pollution, as eight Indian cities feature in the list of Asia’s 10 most polluted cities. Gurugram, with the worst air quality, topped the list published by the World Air Quality Index. Interestingly, with several efforts to tackle climate change, Delhi managed to stay off the list this time.

The World Air Quality Index aims to raise public awareness of air pollution and provide people with unique data on global air quality.

On Sunday morning, Gurugram topped the list with an air quality index (AKI) of 679, followed by Dharuhera town near Rewari with an AKI of 543 and Muzaffarpur in Bihar with an AKI of 316.

An AKI 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.

Other Indian cities on the list include Talkator, Lucknow (AKI 298), DRCC Anandpur, Begusarai (AKI 269), Bhopal Chauraha, Devas (AKI 266), Khadakpada, Kalian (AKI 256), Darshan Nagar and Chhapra (AKI 269).

Apart from India, the list also includes Xiaoshishang Port in Luzhou, China and Bayankoshu, Mongolia.

Delhi staying out of the list is noteworthy as the city’s air quality is expected to deteriorate like every year during the ongoing festival season combined with winter. The Union and Delhi governments have taken several steps to provide better air quality to the residents and its effects are now visible.

With a 12-point action plan, a sub-committee of the Commission on Air Quality Management (CAKM) has implemented Phase II measures of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) in Delhi-NCR.

Phase II of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) involves only the mechanical cleaning of roads and the closing of coal-fired ovens in restaurants and hotels. The rules also include a ban on the general use of diesel-powered generator sets (except for emergency and industrial services). The parking fee for private vehicles will be increased to encourage the use of electric/CNG buses as well as metro services for public transport.

The Delhi government has also released a 15-point winter action plan to combat air pollution.

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