Delhi Most Polluted Capital In The World, Gurugram Worst City – Greenpeace Report
Will the country ever be pollution-free?
The constantly increasing air pollution is one of the biggest problems mankind is facing right now. Fighting air pollution is a top concern for our nation, and here is news that is truly disheartening – Delhi has been ranked the most polluted capital and Gurugram the most polluted city in the world.
Read on to know all the details!
According to a report by Greenpeace, Delhi has been ranked as the most polluted capital in the world and Gurugram is the most polluted city in the world. These results are as per the combined reports of IQ Air Visual 2018 World Air Quality Report with Greenpeace Southeast Asia.
These reports are based on the data collected for air quality in 2018, from public monitoring sources. These sources are especially focussed on data that has been published in real-time or near real-time. The report states, “These sources include government monitoring networks as well as validated data from air quality monitors operated by private individuals and organisations.”
City And Capital Based Rankings
These reports are carried out to reveal the state of particulate matter (PM2.5) pollution in 2018. And, Delhi had an average yearly PM2.5 concentration 113.5 micrograms per cubic meter. Dhaka has been ranked the second most polluted capital with 97.1 micrograms per cubic meter and Kabul stands at the third position with 61.8 micrograms per cubic meter.
The city-based rankings are different, wherein Delhi is at the 11th position, and Gurugram is the first, with the annual average PM2.5 reading of 135.8 micrograms per cubic meter. Ghaziabad is at the second position with 135.2 micrograms per cubic meter and Faisalabad, Pakistan stands third with 130.4 micrograms per cubic meter.
Following this are Faridabad, Bhiwadi, and Noida with average PM2.5 readings of 129.1, 125.4 and 123.6 micrograms per cubic meter, respectively.
Here Are What the Numbers Should be Ideally
As per the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, the permissible limit for PM2.5 is 40ug/m3 annually. Additionally, the permissible limits for PM2.5 as recommended by the World Health Organization are lower than this, 10ug/m3 for the year.
There are plenty of initiatives taken up by various institutions to keep the pollution in check, but apparently, there is not much difference in the results. Recently, Maggi had declared an anti-pollution drive for India, and the implementation of the odd-even days drive in Delhi.
What can be done to keep the nation smog and pollution free? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section!