15 out of 20 most polluted cities in world in India : Study

New Delhi: Fifteen of the 20 most polluted cities in the world are in India, with Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Noida and Bhiwadi in the top six, according to a new study.

India’s National Capital Region (NCR) emerged as the most polluted region in the world in last year, data compiled in the new report states.

The latest data compiled in the IQ Air Air Visual 2018 World Air Quality Report and interactive world’s most polluted cities ranking, prepared in collaboration with Greenpeace Southeast Asia, reveals the state of particulate matter (PM2.5) pollution last year.

Out of the 20 most polluted cities in the world, 18 are in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, the report said.

India still has 15 out of the 20 most polluted cities in the world, with Gurgaon and Ghaziabad being the most polluted cities, followed by Faridabad, Bhiwadi and Noida being in the top six, with Delhi on the 11th spot, it said.

China’s capital Beijing, once among the most polluted cities in the world ranked 122nd in the list of the most polluted cities last year based on PM2.5 data, but is still at least five times more polluted than the World Health Organisation annual safety limits of 10 g/m3. (PTI)



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