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In pictures: These 10 places in India have the worst air quality

Updated : 2019-11-06 06:32:17

For the past few years it has become a ritual of sorts for the residents of Delhi and its neighbouring regions of Noida and Gurugram to not just brace for winters post-Diwali but also wake up to an odiously polluted air that chokes the breath and causes constant irritation in the eyes upon so much as a mere exposure. However, it's not just the National Capital Region that is living under a pall of poison, there are several locations in the country that offer a quick ticket to the lung disease ward of the nearest hospital. Here are 10 places in India with the worst air quality, as of Tuesday according to AirVisual.com (remember an air quality index (AQI) above 300 is considered severely polluted):

10. Meerut: The historic city in Western UP comes tenth with 307 AQI. (Wikimedia Commons)
10. Meerut: The historic city in Western UP comes tenth with 307 AQI. (Wikimedia Commons)
9. Dasna: Located in UP's Ghaziabad district, the town clocks 329 on the AQI.
9. Dasna: Located in UP's Ghaziabad district, the town clocks 329 on the AQI.
8. Ghaziabad: The Delhi suburb of Ghaziabad is the eighth-most polluted city in the country with an AQI of 331. (Wikimedia Commons)
8. Ghaziabad: The Delhi suburb of Ghaziabad is the eighth-most polluted city in the country with an AQI of 331. (Wikimedia Commons)
7. Lucknow: The capital city of Uttar Pradesh and the erstwhile
7. Lucknow: The capital city of Uttar Pradesh and the erstwhile "city of nawabs" has registers 357 in AQI.
6. Bawana: A part of Delhi, the town located in the north-western part of the capital notches 368 in AQI.
6. Bawana: A part of Delhi, the town located in the north-western part of the capital notches 368 in AQI.
5. Noida: Located to the east of the national capital, Noida, recorded AQI levels close to 375.
5. Noida: Located to the east of the national capital, Noida, recorded AQI levels close to 375.
4, Dadri: Located near Delhi, the UP town recorded 375 AQI. (Wikimedia Commons)
4, Dadri: Located near Delhi, the UP town recorded 375 AQI. (Wikimedia Commons)
3. Muzaffarnagar: Another Western UP city to be named in the list is Muzaffarnagar, with an 399 in AQI. (Wikimedia Commons)
3. Muzaffarnagar: Another Western UP city to be named in the list is Muzaffarnagar, with an 399 in AQI. (Wikimedia Commons)
2. Patna: Bihar's capital city came second with 405 AQI.
2. Patna: Bihar's capital city came second with 405 AQI.
1. Loni: A town in Ghaziabad district in the Uttar Pradesh state, Loni recorded 430 AQI to emerge as the region with the worst air quality in the country.
1. Loni: A town in Ghaziabad district in the Uttar Pradesh state, Loni recorded 430 AQI to emerge as the region with the worst air quality in the country.
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