Delhi breathes easy at No. 11 on WHO's most polluted cities report

Gwalior, Allahabad, Patna and Raipur are in the top seven cities with worst air pollution

New Delhi/Geneva: New Delhi is no longer the world’s most polluted city but four other Indian cities were among the top seven most polluted cities, the WHO said yesterday warning that over 80 per cent of the world’s city dwellers breathe poor
quality air.

New Delhi, which was ranked worst in terms of air pollution in 2014, was listed 11th this time.  Pic/AFP
New Delhi, which was ranked worst in terms of air pollution in 2014, was listed 11th this time.  Pic/AFP

According to a new World Health Organisation (WHO) report based on data collected between 2008 and 2013, New Delhi was the 11th most-polluted city while four other Indian cities – Gwalior (2), Allahabad (3), Patna (6) and Raipur (7) – figured in the top seven cities with worst air quality.

New Delhi, which was ranked worst in terms of air pollution in 2014, was listed 11th this time. In a sample of selected mega-cities with a population of above 14 million, New Delhi was however the most polluted, followed by Cairo and Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka.

According to the WHO report, Delhi’s annual mean PM10 was 229. Zabol in Iran figured as the city with dirtiest air. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “Latest WHO report - Delhi no more most polluted city. Congrats Delhiites.”

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