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The few Indian cities where you can avoid living with deadly air pollution

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Left with no choice.
  • Akshat Rathi
By Akshat Rathi

Senior reporter

Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

India’s air pollution problem keeps getting worse.

Greenpeace’s second annual report (pdf) on the state of air quality in Indian cities, analyzed data from 280 cities across the country, compared to 168 cities analyzed in 2017.

And the data are grim.

Air quality is measured based on the number of small particles every cubic meter of air, specifically those smaller than 2.5 micrograms (PM2.5) or 10 micrograms (PM10). These particles are capable of entering the human blood stream through lungs and increase risk heart attacks, strokes, and lung cancer.

No Indian city passes the World Health Organization’s guideline value for PM10 pollution of less than 20 micrograms per cubic meter. And only 52 out of 280 cities pass Indian government’s own standards of air pollution that say PM10 shouldn’t exceed 60 micrograms per cubic meter.

Here is the list of those 52 cities in India, where you could live without deadly air pollution:

Nalgonda
Telangana
Parwanoo
Himachal Pradesh
Tirupati
Andhra Pradesh
Shillong
Meghalaya
Rayagada
Odisha
Nagda
Madhya Pradesh
Korba
Chhattisgarh
Berhampur
Odisha
Kothagudem
Telangana
Coimbatore
Tamil Nadu
Mettur
Tamil Nadu
Thrissur
Kerala
Shimla
Himachal Pradesh
Bellary
Karnataka
Kottayam
Kerala
Thiruvananthapuram
Kerala
Karimnagar
Telangana
Salem
Tamil Nadu
Kochi
Kerala
Kozhikode
Kerala
Wayanad
Kerala
Cuddalore
Tamil Nadu
Mysore
Karnataka
Kannur
Kerala
Khammam
Telangana
Mangalore
Karnataka
Bongaigaon
Assam
Manali
Himachal Pradesh
Chitradurg
Karnataka
Kollam
Kerala
Mandya
Karnataka
Aizawl
Mizoram
Kasargod
Kerala
Karwar
Karnataka
Palakkad
Kerala
Lunglei
Mizoram
Bhadravati
Karnataka
Malappuram
Kerala
Khliehriat
Meghalaya
Dharamshala
Himachal Pradesh
Dawki
Meghalaya
Idukki
Kerala
Karaikal
Puducherry
Pondicherry
Puducherry
Alappuzha
Kerala
Kolasib
Mizoram
Champhai
Mizoram
Tura
Meghalaya
Darjeeling
West Bengal
Nongstoin
Meghalaya
Pathanamthitta
Kerala
Hasssan
Karnataka

The big change this year is the addition of a number of cities in Kerala, which were excluded from the 2017 report because of lack of access to the data.

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