What is the status of Delhi in terms of pollution, NCAP told which city is the most polluted


New Delhi. According to an analysis report released on Monday, according to this, on an average, Ghaziabad was the most polluted city in the country during three years, while Delhi is at number two. The air quality of other poor air cities, including Delhi, included in the Centre’s National Clean Air Program (NCAP), showed no improvement or marginal improvement even after three years.

The tracker has been created with a joint effort of news portal ‘Carbon Copy’ and Maharashtra-based startup ‘Respire Living Sciences’. It has been designed to track progress towards meeting the air quality targets set under the NCAP. According to the analysis of this tracker, the air quality of Uttar Pradesh city Ghaziabad was the worst among 132 non-attainment cities across the country. The nationwide NCAP was launched in the year 2019 to reduce the particulate matter (PM) levels of 132 non-attainment cities by 20 to 30 per cent by 2024, but during this period the PM level increased in many cities. This analysis is done by NCAP Tracker.


“Based on Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring System (CAAQMS) data, Delhi’s PM 2.5 level has fallen from 108 micrograms per cubic meter in 2019 to 102 micrograms per cubic meter in 2021,” the report said. Its PM10 level decreased from 217 micrograms per cubic meter to 207 micrograms per cubic metre. Delhi’s PM 2.5 level over a three-year period is 2.5 times the CPCB’s safe limit of 40 micrograms per cubic meter and 20 times the WHO’s safe limit of five micrograms per cubic metre. Ghaziabad was found to be the most polluted city with highest levels of PM 2.5 and PM 10. Delhi remained the second most polluted city in the country in terms of PM 2.5 levels in the air, although Delhi was the fourth most polluted city in terms of PM 10 levels. Despite continuous efforts, the PM level in the air of Delhi could come down only marginally.

According to the report, Rs 375.44 crore has been allocated to 114 cities under NCAP during the year 2018-19 to 2020-2021 and Rs 290 crore has been allocated to 82 cities for the financial year 2021-2022. The analysis report states that the program has ensured an allocation of Rs 700 crore for 2021-2026. According to the three-year comparative analysis, Ghaziabad topped the most polluted cities with an annual PM 2.5 level of over 100 except in the year 2020. However, in the year 2020, Lucknow ranked first with an annual PM 2.5 level of 116



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