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Are you breathing in Kolkata?

71µg/m3

PM2.5

3+ 🚬

Smoking

4M

Population

The PM2.5 air quality forecast for Kolkata, West Bengal right now is 71 µg/m3. That's moderately polluted. You should consider a face mask, air purifier and reducing your outdoor activity.

Air pollution in Kolkata, West Bengal

The air quality in Kolkata right now is moderately polluted. It is equivalent to smoking + cigarettes today. People with heart or lung disease, older adults, children and teenagers should reduce prolonged exertion. It's ok to be active outside, but take more breaks and do less intense activities. People with asthma should follow their asthma action plans and keep quick relief medicine handy. You can consider wearing a face mask, using an air purifer and reducing outdoor activites to reduce your air pollution exposure.

PM2.5 Air Quality Forecast

12pm

70.6 ug/m3

3pm

72.3 ug/m3

6pm

73.7 ug/m3

9pm

78.3 ug/m3

tuesday

89.5 ug/m3

3am

97.5 ug/m3

6am

102.8 ug/m3

9am

106.5 ug/m3

12pm

105.9 ug/m3

3pm

104.6 ug/m3

6pm

103.6 ug/m3

9pm

103.5 ug/m3

wednesday

98.2 ug/m3

3am

91.8 ug/m3

6am

86.6 ug/m3

9am

79.0 ug/m3

12pm

72.0 ug/m3

3pm

65.8 ug/m3

6pm

59.2 ug/m3

9pm

48.1 ug/m3

thursday

37.9 ug/m3

3am

33.9 ug/m3

6am

31.4 ug/m3

9am

30.0 ug/m3

“Air pollution damages every organ and virtually every cell in the human body."

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you wanted to know about air pollution in Kolkata.

Is it safe to breathe in Kolkata right now?

The WHO's clean air guileline for PM2.5 is 25µg/m3. Currently in Kolkata, the forecast says it is 71 µg/m3. Hence, the air is not clean.

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You're likely at high risk to experience adverse health effects due to air pollution. You should try to identify the sources of air pollution around you and try to reduce your exposure to it. It is not usually possible to eliminate air pollution, but proactive measures can help. In the meantime, you can wear a face mask, use an air purifier or get an air quality monitor to track your personal exposure to air pollution. Please consult your physician.

What is the data source for these air quality forecasts?

All the air quality forecasts on AirPollution.io come from Urban Emissions, India's leading source of information, research and analysis about air pollution. It is led by Dr. Sarath Guttikunda.

How polluted are other cities in West Bengal?

Air pollution varies from city to city and even from one neighborhood to another within a city. You can review the air quality forecasts for West Bengal or it's cities like North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas, Barddhaman, Murshidabad or  Paschim Medinipur anytime.

What city has the worst air pollution in India?

It is tempting to ask this question, but let's first recognize that air pollution is a problem that affects the vast majority of India. Currently Indians across districts are breathing air that does not meet WHO's clean air guidelines. But to answer your question, the residents of Maldah district in West Bengal are breathing the worst air pollution in India right now with µg/m3 of PM2.5 pollution.

I don't have money to buy an expensive face mask and air purifier. What can I do?

I am glad you asked. Many face masks and air purifiers available in the market are quite expensive, but not all of them. A company called Smart Air Filters sells affordable air purifiers and face masks. This is not an ad.

“As a chest surgeon who has been operating on lungs since 1988, I am pained to say that it is time to call India’s deadly pollution crisis a public health emergency. Over the years, I have witnessed a change in the color of patients’ lungs from pink to black.”

Dr. Arvind Kumar

“There are no safe air pollution limits, and so there can be no moderations. We need to take drastic actions.”

The Ella Roberta Family Foundation
BREATHING KILLS

Where are India's
most polluted districts?

The health effects of air pollution are staggering. According to a story in The Guardian, air pollution may damage every organ and virtually every cell in the human body. Yes, air pollution increases the risk of heart attacks, lung cancer, asthma and COPD, but it is also known to exacerbate depression and also increase violent crime in a city.

Maldah, West Bengal

PM2.5 forecast is 93.5 µg/m3

East Delhi, Delhi

PM2.5 forecast is 86.1 µg/m3

Katihar, Bihar

PM2.5 forecast is 83.2 µg/m3

Sahibganj, Jharkhand

PM2.5 forecast is 82.6 µg/m3

Khagaria, Bihar

PM2.5 forecast is 77.1 µg/m3

Purnia, Bihar

PM2.5 forecast is 76.7 µg/m3

Dakshin Dinajpur, West Bengal

PM2.5 forecast is 76.0 µg/m3

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