Delhi is no longer the most polluted city in our nation. According to CPCB, Bengaluru has topped the chart and is listed amongst six major polluting cities in India. Air pollution is no longer Delhi’s field. Pune and Bengaluru have occupied that spot from the national capital, according to a government study.

The study done by CPCB shows Pune at number one position, while the garden city to be next, among the six major polluting cities in India, including Chennai, Kanpur and Mumbai.

The contributing factors to the higher level of pollution in Bengaluru are the amplified industrial activities in the purlieu of the city, a high number of diesel generator sets and more gas emissions. The data also revealed that Bengaluru recorded the second- worst pollution due to road dust and vehicular emissions beating the highly polluted national capital.

However, Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) chairman Lakshman disbelieved the report, saying he’d confirm the claims. “Bengaluru doesn’t have so many polluting industries. I don’t think the report is accurate,” he added. Meanwhile, environmentalist Yellappa Reddy pointed out that permission for industries are given at the gram panchayat level, who’ve no idea which industries are ‘red category’ (highest polluting) or ‘yellow category’ (medium polluting).

Well, it is an alarming situation for Bengaluru to deal with air pollution on a massive scale.


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Joydev Mishra


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