Indian cities are among the 10 most polluted in the world after Diwali. According to IQAir, a Swiss air quality technology company, the top 10 most polluted cities in the world on November 5, 2023, the day after Diwali, were:
- Gurugram, India
- Ghaziabad, India
- Bhiwadi, India
- Noida, India
- Delhi, India
- Lucknow, India
- Kolkata, India
- Dhaka, Bangladesh
The high levels of pollution in these cities are attributed to a number of factors, including vehicle emissions, industrial emissions, and the burning of crop stubble. The burning of firecrackers during Diwali is also a significant contributor to air pollution in India.
Air pollution is a major health problem in India. According to the World Health Organization, India has the highest number of deaths due to air pollution in the world.
Air pollution can cause a range of health problems, including respiratory infections, heart disease, and cancer.
The Indian government has taken a number of steps to address air pollution, including introducing stricter emission standards for vehicles and industries.
However, more needs to be done to reduce air pollution in India. The government needs to better enforce environmental regulations and to invest in public transportation and renewable energy.