For the past two weeks, air quality in Indian cities has deteriorated. This trend increased following the Diwali festival, which saw the bursting of firecrackers. Emissions and fumes from these crackers increased pollution levels in several states. – Delhi
Pollution is a major issue in major cities across India, including the national capital, Delhi, and the financial capital, Mumbai. ‘Severe’ to ‘ very poor’ air quality was reported in several cities across the Indo-Gangetic plain in recent weeks, but it improved just before Diwali due to Western disturbances.
Stubble burning, along with vehicular emissions, has been the primary contributor to rising pollution levels in this region. As of 6:30 a.m., two of the top ten cities with the worst air quality were in Haryana, three in Uttar Pradesh, two in Bihar, one in Punjab, one in Rajasthan, and one in the national capital, Delhi. Today, nine cities have “severe” AQI levels. The national capital, Delhi, came in fourth place with a 24-hour average AQI.
According to data from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for 242 cities on November 13, no city had severe air quality, 53 had very poor air quality, 85 had ‘poor’ air quality, 75 had moderate air quality, and only 32 had satisfactory to ‘good’ air quality.
According to CPCB real-time data, Uttar Pradesh’s Bhagpat is the most polluted city today, with an AQI of 423 at 6:30 a.m. It is closely followed by Gurugram, Haryana, where the AQI was 400. These two cities had severe’ air quality.
The top ten most polluted cities with the worst air quality today are Delhi, with an AQI of 384; Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, with an AQI of 384; Noida, Uttar Pradesh, with an AQI of 381; Bathinda, Punjab, with an AQI of 374; Bharatpur, Rajasthan, with an AQI of 371; Begasarai, Bihar, with an AQI of 367; Chhapra, Bihar, with a 96; and Rohtak, Haryana, with an AQI of 365.
Other cities experiencing high and critical levels of pollution include Hanumangarh in Rajasthan, where the AQI stood at 364, Bhiwadi in Rajasthan, where the AQI stood at 363, Dharuhera in Haryana, where the AQI stood at 363, Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh, where the AQI stood at 362, Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh, where the AQI stood at 359, Siwan in Bihar, where the AQI stood at 35