New Delhi: Seven of the world’s top ten cities with the worst air quality in 2018 are in India, a recent report by NGO Greenpeace has revealed.
The report entitled ‘IQAir AirVisual 2018 World Air Quality Report’ has a compilation of air quality data from public and private monitoring sources.
The report said Gurugram in Haryana was identified as the city with the worst air quality in the world in 2018.
The city has an annual average concentration of pollutant PM 2.5 at 135.8 micrograms per cubic meter (ug/m3), the Greenpeace report said.
Gurugram was followed by Ghaziabad at the second position with an annual average concentration of 135.2 ug/m3 in 2018.
The Greenpeace report said the position for number four was held by Faridabad with 129.1 ug/m3 followed by Bhiwadi with 125.4 ug/m3 and Noida with 123.6 ug/m3.
Noida at position six on the list was succeeded by the state capital of Bihar, Patna with 119.7 ug/m3 followed by the state capital of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow with an annual average concentration in 2018 of 115.7 ug/m3.
The report deplored that little or nothing is being done either by the centre or the respective state governments to take measures for the improvement of ambient air quality.