Ghaziabad most polluted city in India followed by Delhi
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In a recently published analysis report, Ghaziabad is ranked as the most polluted city in India out of the 132 nonattainment cities with the highest levels of PM 2.5 and PM 10 followed by Delhi.
- The analysis is by NCAP Tracker, a joint project by news portal Carbon Copy and a Maharashtra based startup ‘Respirer Living Sciences’, designed to track India’s progress in achieving the clean air targets
- These cities are referred “nonattainment” as they consistently fail to meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) over a five-year period.
- For the PM 2.5 levels the CPCB’s safe limit is 40 ug/m3 and WHO’s safe limit is 5ug/m3
- Based on the Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring System (CAAQMS) data, Delhi’s PM 2.5 levels dropped from 108 ug/m3 in 2019 to 102 ug/m3 in 2021 and its PM 10 levels reduced from 217 ug/m3 to 207 ug/m3 during the same period after continuous monitoring.
National Clean Air Programme (NCAP)
- The Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change (MoEFCC) launched National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) in 2019 as a long-term, time-bound, national-level strategy to tackle the air pollution problem across the country in a comprehensive manner with targets to achieve 20% to 30% reduction in Particulate Matter concentrations by 2024 keeping 2017 as the base year for the comparison of concentration.
- The city-specific action plans have been prepared which, inter-alia, include measures for strengthening the monitoring network, reducing vehicular/industrial emissions, increasing public awareness, etc.
For detail about PM 2.5 and PM 10 kindly see December 1, 2021 post.
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