Air quality trends and action plan for control of air pollution from seventeen cities
Urbanisation in India is more rapid in and around National Capital as well as the State Capitals and, over the years, these cities have become major centers for commerce, industry and education. Enormous increase in number of vehicles has resulted in increased emission of air pollutants and, as a result, levels of air pollutants such as respirable suspended particulate matter are found to exceed the prescribed standards in these cities. The Honorable Supreme Court has also identified sixteen cities in addition to Delhi for which action plans are being formulated and implemented to control air pollution. An attempt has been made in this report to address the pollution problem in these seventeen cities namely Agra, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Faridabad, Hyderabad, Jharia, Jodhpur, Kanpur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Patna, Pune, Solapur and Varanasi.