Greenpeace says Delhi air quality is worse than Beijing

Greenpeace says Delhi air quality is worse than Beijing

Leading global environmental activist organisation, Greenpeace has claimed that the air quality in Indian capital Delhi is worse than that in Beijing, the capital of China.

The group said that the air quality is so bad in Delhi that even an average day in Delhi may be labelled as bad-air day in Beijing. The Chinese capital is the second most polluted city in the world after Delhi. Activists criticised the government for not doing enough to address the situation like Beijing, where the authorities are concerned over the matter and have taken several bold decisions to control pollution over the years.

Greenpeace India said that a five-year plan is required to fight air pollution in Delhi. The group collated data from various studies about Beijing and Delhi on various aspects including pollution and mitigation plans. It concluded that Delhi's air pollution is worse than that of the Chinese capital. It has urged to government for strict targets for industrial emissions and an action plan to protect citizens from the effects of air pollution.

Greenpeace India said, "New Delhi is breathing the most polluted air in the world, according to WHO report in 2014. The WHO found that 13 of the 20 most polluted cities in the world are in India, with New Delhi's air being the world's worst. While Beijing's air quality has made headlines worldwide, a range of studies, backed by the government's own data, shows that New Delhi's air is often worse than that of Beijing".

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