New Delhi is the world’s most polluted city and living in the national capital can shorten your life span by 6.4 years, a new study has shown.
According to a study conducted by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) in collaboration with the National Centre for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Colorado, pollution in the city is reducing the life expectancy of its residents by 6.4 years.
The study titled ‘Premature mortality in India due to PM2.5 and ozone exposure’ is based on the census of 2011 and focuses on air quality impact on human health, in terms of mortalities, at district level.
The report states that about 570,000 premature deaths in India were caused by exposure to PM2.5 in 2011 and an additional 12,000 were caused by exposure to ozone.
The study found that while Maharashtra recorded 10% of the country’s deaths, UP topped with nearly 15% of the country’s deaths due to pollution.
Other states with high mortality rate due to pollution are Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa and Rajsathan.