The Central Pollution Control Board of India has declared the list of the most polluted cities in the country. Ghaziabad has topped the list as the most polluted city while the national capital, Delhi, in at number 4.
CPCB has revealed that the Particulate Matter 10 has steadily increased in 94 cities in the country. The survey also revealed that Nitrogen Dioxide levels in the cities have increased at alarming rates. Delhi has the maximum level of nitrogen dioxide. The report was compiled after surveying the pollution level for three consecutive levels.
To combat the increasing pollution levels in the country, the board has made a 42 step action plan. The plan includes checking vehicular pollution, implementation of BS-6 from April 1,2020, curbing of dust on roads, ban on diesel vehicles and afforestation.
The ten most polluted cities in the country are Ghaziabad, Allahabad, Bareilly, Delhi, Kanpur, Ferozabad, Agra, Alwar, Gajrola and Jaipur. Seven cities in the top ten list are in Uttar Pradesh.
The primary reason for the increase in the PM10 index is vehicular pollution. Other reasons include construction dust, roadside dust and sand particles from desert areas.
The High Court has asked the Central and Delhi government to show the measures taken to tackle rising pollution in the country. The Court has issued orders to other state governments like Punjab, Rajasthan and Haryana to take effective measures to curb pollution levels in the state.
The court has also asked the NCR Planning Board authorities to be present on July 18 for the hearing of a case on pollution control against Delhi government.