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Jharia Dhanbad Coal Belt Most Polluted Place in India in 2018

Coal News - Published on Wed, 22 Jan 2020

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According to by Greenpeace India’s Airpocalypse-IV report said that Jharia, known worldwide for its underground coal fires, continued to be the most polluted city in the country in 2018, while neighbouring, Dhanbad, came in second. Jharia and Dhanbad are twin cities in the coal-belt of Jharkhand. PM-10 level was recorded at 322 micrograms per cubic meter in Jharia, the highest in the country, while the same was recorded 264 micrograms per cubic meter in Dhanbad, the second highest in the country. Vehicular emission, road dust, air pollution from bio-mass burning and industrial, construction and demolition activities, from diesel generator sets, and from the use of coal in dhabas and road side eateries were major drivers for worsening air quality in Dhanbad and Jharia.

Fourth version of Airpocalypse report by Greenpeace India has identified 231 Indian cities out of 287 with more than 52 monitoring days data in 2018 under National Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Programme, where air pollution levels exceeded the 60 µg/m3 limits for PM10 as prescribed under National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

Lunglei in Mizoram was the least polluted city in India, followed by Meghalaya’s Dowki. Six of the top-10 polluted cities are in Uttar Pradesh: Noida, Ghaziabad, Bareilly, Allahabad, Moradabad and Firozabad. Delhi was 10th most polluted city in 2018, an improvement by two ranks as compared to 2017.

Greenpeace has used Central Pollution Control Board data to rank the most polluted cities in India. The organisation’s reports come out with a lag of a year.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 22 Jan 2020
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