India is home to seven of the world’s 10 most polluted cities, Bloomberg reports, citing a study by IQAir AirVisual and Greenpeace. Gurugram was the world's most polluted city in 2018 with an average air quality index of 135.8, followed by Ghaziabad (second globally), Faridabad (fourth) and Bhiwadi (fifth). But the smoggy air isn’t limited to the usual suspects – as many as 22 Indian towns, including several populous ones in the northern plains, feature among the world’s 30 filthiest cities. Pollution-related healthcare costs and productivity losses cost India nearly a twelfth of its GDP, according to the World Bank.Sign of a developed country is more people opting to go in public transport rather than individual cars and bikes.
This is a leading risk factor of acute respiratory infections, especially among children. Smoke from the burning of agricultural crop residue in Haryana and Punjab especially contributes to Delhi''s poor air. Instead of targeting #Diwali why don't authorities find a solution to this menace?
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