Half of India’s 94 cities with toxic air are in 4 states including Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, shows government data
Every third city that failed to meet national air quality standards in India–where most people die of air pollution than any other nation–was in two of the country’s biggest states, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, in five years to 2015, according to government data.
New Delhi: Every third city that failed to meet national air quality standards in India–where most people die of air pollution than any other nation–was in two of the country’s biggest states, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, in five years to 2015, according to government data.
With 17 of 94 cities, Maharashtra had the highest number of cities identified by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) as failing to meet national air-quality standards over five years to 2015, according to this reply to the Lok Sabha (lower house of Parliament) by Mahesh Sharma, minister of state for environment, on 6 April, 2018.
|Cities Failing Air-Quality Standards, 2011-15|
|Maharashtra||17||Akola, Amravati, Aurangabad, Badlapur, Chandrapur, Jalgaon, Jalna, Kolhapur, Latur, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nashik, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Sangli, Solapur, Ulhasnagar|
|UP||15||Agra, Allahabad, Anpara, Bareily, Firozabad, Gajraula, Ghaziabad, Jhansi, Kanpur, Khurja, Lucknow, Muradabad, Noida, Raebareli, Varanasi|
|Punjab||8||Dera Bassi, Gobindgarh, Jalandhar, Khanna, Ludhiana, Naya Nangal, Pathankot/Dera Baba, Patiala|
|HP||7||Baddi, Damtal, Kala Amb, Nalagarh, Paonta Sahib, Parwanoo, Sunder Nagar|
|Odisha||6||Angul, Balasore, Bhubneshwar, Cuttack, Rourkela, Talcher|
|AP||5||Guntur, Kurnool, Nellore, Vijaywada, Visakhapatnam|
|Assam||5||Guwahati, Nagaon, Nalbari, Sibsagar, Silchar|
|MP||5||Bhopal, Dewas, Indore, Sagar, Ujjain|
|Rajasthan||5||Alwar, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Udaipur|
|Karnataka||4||Bengaluru, Devanagere, Gulburga, Hubli-Dharwad|
|Telangana||3||Hyderabad, Nalgonda, Patencheru|
Maharashtra was followed by Uttar Pradesh (15), Punjab (8) and Himachal Pradesh (7). Half of the 94 cities were in these four states. Source: Lok SabhaIn 2015, 2.5 million of 10.3 million deaths in India due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) were linked to pollution, according to a global study, IndiaSpend reported on 3 January, 2018.
Rising air pollution in cities is increasing incidences of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cancer, diabetes and other pollution-related ailments, said the study, which noted that 27 percent of Indians died of causes related to air pollution, exceeding the proportion who died similarly in China.
Low- and middle-income groups are the worst affected by pollution; 92 percent of deaths due to pollution occurred in that income group, IndiaSpend reported on 14 November, 2017.
Technically called “non-attainment cities”, the 94 cities were identified as part of the National Air Quality Monitoring Programme, under which 683 operating stations in 300 cities/towns across the country monitor sulphur dioxide, oxides of nitrogen, respirable suspended particulate matter (PM10) and fine particulate matter (PM2.5) for a day twice a week. (Vivek is an analyst with IndiaSpend.)
Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.
From Mukhtar Ansari to Harishankar Tiwari, UP's 'bahubali' leaders have long rap sheets, political influence in spades
The intersection of crime and politics is perhaps nowhere more evident than in Uttar Pradesh, where one in four legislators have criminal cases, including rape and murder, against them.
Thunderstorms, lightning leave 110 dead in UP and Bihar, Nitish, Adityanath announce Rs 4 lakh ex gratia for next of kin
According to a statement put out by the department, the deaths in lightning strikes occurred in 23 districts of Bihar, with Gopalganj accounting for the maximum number of casualties at 13.
Yogi Adityanath directs officials to provide registration facilities through mobile apps for returning migrant workers
Adityanath directed that an integrated mechanism should be developed for employment and self-employment of youth, labourers and workers.