39 out of 50 most polluted cities are in India; here are some key facts

Mar 15, 2023

By: Sourabh Jain

2022 pollution report by IQAir

IQAir has released a report revealing the most polluted cities and countries in 2022. India accounts for 39 out of the world’s 50 most polluted cities.

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India eighth most polluted country

While Chad emerged as the country with the most polluted air in the world in 2022, India has been ranked as the eighth most polluted country with a PM2.5 concentration of 53.3 micrograms per cubic metre of air.

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What is the WHO recommended PM2

The recommended concentration of PM2.5 particles by the World Health Organisation is 0 to 5 micrograms per cubic metre of air.

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Least polluted cities in India

Tarakeswar in West Bengal, Digboi in Assam and Aladu in Tamil Nadu have emerged as the least polluted cities in India. Tarakeswar is the least polluted city in Central and South Asia.

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Most polluted city in India

Bhiwadi, a city in the Alwar district of Rajasthan, has emerged as the most polluted city in India and the third most polluted city in the world.

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Delhi is a close second

Delhi has emerged as India's second most polluted city and the world's fourth most polluted city.

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All cities over ten times more polluted

All of the cities in the list were over ten times more polluted than the recommended limit of 5 micrograms per cubic metre of air.

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Prominent cities in the list

Patna, Ghaziabad, Muzaffarnagar, Greater Noida, Rohtak, Meerut, and Kanpur were the prominent cities on the list.

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65 out of top 100 polluted cities are in India

If we looked at the top 100 polluted cities in the world in 2022, 65 cities were Indian.

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Ahmedabad and Pune among the list

Cities like Ahmedabad, Pune, Varanasi, Jaipur, and Howrah were among the top 100 polluted cities in the world in 2022.

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