Breathing Kills

The 100 Most Polluted Places in India

Air pollution in India is a public health emergency. 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.

1. Dhanbad, Jharkhand

161.7 µg/m3

2. Kolkata, West Bengal

160.9 µg/m3

3. Bokaro, Jharkhand

130.0 µg/m3

4. Haora, West Bengal

124.2 µg/m3

5. Puruliya, West Bengal

123.6 µg/m3

6. Vaishali, Bihar

121.6 µg/m3

7. Muzaffarpur, Bihar

119.9 µg/m3

8. Central Delhi, Delhi

119.4 µg/m3

9. New Delhi, Delhi

119.4 µg/m3

10. Samastipur, Bihar

117.3 µg/m3

11. Hugli, West Bengal

117.3 µg/m3

12. West Delhi, Delhi

114.7 µg/m3

13. Darbhanga, Bihar

114.2 µg/m3

14. Bankura, West Bengal

112.6 µg/m3

15. Begusarai, Bihar

111.7 µg/m3

16. South West Delhi, Delhi

105.3 µg/m3

17. Barddhaman, West Bengal

104.3 µg/m3

18. Sheohar, Bihar

103.6 µg/m3

19. Saran, Bihar

103.1 µg/m3

20. Gopalganj, Bihar

100.9 µg/m3

21. Siwan, Bihar

100.8 µg/m3

22. Khagaria, Bihar

100.7 µg/m3

23. Patna, Bihar

100.5 µg/m3

24. South 24 Parganas, West Bengal

100.5 µg/m3

25. Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh

100.3 µg/m3

26. Giridih, Jharkhand

99.4 µg/m3

27. Saharsa, Bihar

99.1 µg/m3

28. Ambedkar Nagar, Uttar Pradesh

98.0 µg/m3

29. Deoria, Uttar Pradesh

97.6 µg/m3

30. Basti, Uttar Pradesh

95.7 µg/m3

31. Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh

95.5 µg/m3

32. Sant Kabir Nagar, Uttar Pradesh

95.2 µg/m3

33. North 24 Parganas, West Bengal

94.0 µg/m3

34. Jamtara, Jharkhand

93.4 µg/m3

35. Mau, Uttar Pradesh

92.4 µg/m3

36. Ballia, Uttar Pradesh

91.0 µg/m3

37. Paschim Medinipur, West Bengal

90.9 µg/m3

38. Lakhisarai, Bihar

90.8 µg/m3

39. Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh

90.6 µg/m3

40. Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh

90.0 µg/m3

41. Nadia, West Bengal

90.0 µg/m3

42. Nalanda, Bihar

89.8 µg/m3

43. North Delhi, Delhi

89.4 µg/m3

44. Bhojpur, Bihar

89.0 µg/m3

45. Sheikhpura, Bihar

88.8 µg/m3

46. South Delhi, Delhi

88.5 µg/m3

47. Madhepura, Bihar

88.4 µg/m3

48. North West Delhi, Delhi

88.2 µg/m3

49. Purbi Champaran, Bihar

88.0 µg/m3

50. Jharsuguda, Orissa

87.7 µg/m3

51. Jehanabad, Bihar

87.3 µg/m3

52. Buxar, Bihar

87.2 µg/m3

53. Arwal, Bihar

86.6 µg/m3

54. North East Delhi, Delhi

86.3 µg/m3

55. Gurugram, Haryana

86.0 µg/m3

56. Bhagalpur, Bihar

85.5 µg/m3

57. Purbi Singhbhum, Jharkhand

85.3 µg/m3

58. Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh

85.0 µg/m3

59. Birbhum, West Bengal

84.7 µg/m3

60. Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh

84.7 µg/m3

61. Murshidabad, West Bengal

84.4 µg/m3

62. Sitamarhi, Bihar

84.3 µg/m3

63. Munger, Bihar

84.2 µg/m3

64. Maldah, West Bengal

84.1 µg/m3

65. Sahibganj, Jharkhand

83.1 µg/m3

66. Ramgarh, Jharkhand

83.0 µg/m3

67. Dhenkanal, Orissa

82.5 µg/m3

68. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

82.4 µg/m3

69. Badgam, Jammu and Kashmir

82.0 µg/m3

70. Hazaribagh, Jharkhand

81.5 µg/m3

71. Janjgir Champa, Chhattisgarh

81.2 µg/m3

72. Purba Medinipur, West Bengal

80.8 µg/m3

73. Purnia, Bihar

80.5 µg/m3

74. East Delhi, Delhi

80.0 µg/m3

75. Madhubani, Bihar

79.9 µg/m3

76. Katihar, Bihar

79.8 µg/m3

77. Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh

79.5 µg/m3

78. Pratapgarh, Uttar Pradesh

79.0 µg/m3

79. Rohtas, Bihar

78.0 µg/m3

80. Saraikela Kharsawan, Jharkhand

77.2 µg/m3

81. Gonda, Uttar Pradesh

77.2 µg/m3

82. Jhajjar, Haryana

77.0 µg/m3

83. Aurangabad, Bihar

76.2 µg/m3

84. Sant Ravidas Nagar, Uttar Pradesh

76.1 µg/m3

85. Gaya, Bihar

75.3 µg/m3

86. Nawada, Bihar

75.1 µg/m3

87. Anugul, Orissa

74.2 µg/m3

88. Godda, Jharkhand

74.1 µg/m3

89. Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh

74.1 µg/m3

90. Banka, Bihar

73.5 µg/m3

91. Kodarma, Jharkhand

73.5 µg/m3

92. Pakur, Jharkhand

73.4 µg/m3

93. Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh

73.0 µg/m3

94. Korba, Chhattisgarh

72.6 µg/m3

95. Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

71.9 µg/m3

96. West Tripura, Tripura

71.6 µg/m3

97. Jamui, Bihar

71.3 µg/m3

98. Maharajganj, Uttar Pradesh

71.0 µg/m3

99. Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh

70.5 µg/m3

100. Jajapur, Orissa

70.4 µg/m3