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“If you thought moving out of metro cities like Delhi and Mumbai can save you from pollution, think again. India’s 41 tier-II cities, including Tezpur, Rishikesh, Vapi, Angul, Sangrur and Gajroula too are facing severe air and water pollution. Starting this financial year, the government will spend Rs.553 crore across five years to bring down pollution. While only Rs.70 crore is allocated for abatement of pollution in 2016-17, it is anticipated to more than double to Rs.150 crore in 2020-21.

India’s apex pollution watchdog Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) monitors ambient air quality in 74 tier-II cities. “Analysis of data shows that 41 cities exceed the ambient air quality standard. In addition, these cities are also facing problem of water pollution due to discharges of untreated sewage,” said the Union minister for environment, forests and climate change Prakash Javadekar in Parliament on Tuesday, while replying to a query.

“…In the past few years, several studies have highlighted the problem of India’s increasing pollution levels—both air and water. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 13 of the world’s 20 most polluted cities in terms of air pollution are in India.

Though governments have taken some steps to curb pollution in Indian cities, they don’t seem to be enough. Some of the steps taken to curb pollution include setting up of a monitoring network for assessment of ambient air and water quality, moving directly from BS-IV to BS-VI fuel standards by 1 April 2020, introduction of cleaner fuels like CNG, action plan for sewage management and restoration of water quality in aquatic resources, amendments to various waste management rules, ban on burning leaves, promotion of public transport network such as metros, buses, e-rickshaws and promotion of car-pooling, among others. The environment minister credits his ministry and state governments for such steps, stating that the level of pollution would have been worse in their absence.” Live Mint. Read it on

High air and water pollution in India’s 41 tier-II cities