Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches National Air Quality Index to give pollution information

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched National Air Quality Index (AQI) to give pollution information on real time basis.

Initially the new index will cover 10 cities. They are Ahmedabad, Chennai, Delhi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Agra, Faridabad, Varanasi, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Later it will be extended to more than 60 cities with a population exceeding one million.

Facts about National Air Quality Index (AQI)

  • AQI will be used to inform people about daily air quality in turn it will provide advisories on health consequences.
  • It will also tell how clean or polluted the air is and what associated health effects.
  • The AQI has been developed for six pollutants- nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide, ozone, Particle Pollution (PM)2.5, PM10 and carbon monoxide.

The new AQI is hosted on the website of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

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