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India’s Deadly Air Pollution Keeps Getting Worse Not Better

  • Program aimed at tackling smog is making little progress: CREA
  • Number of cities suffering poor air quality has increased
Buildings are shrouded in smog in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, earlier in November 2021.
Buildings are shrouded in smog in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, earlier in November 2021.Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan /Bloomberg

India is failing in efforts to improve its toxic air quality, with the number of smog-plagued cities increasing since the launch of a national program to tackle the issue. 

A total of 132 cities now have pollution levels deemed below national standards, from 102 cities when the National Clean Air Programme began in 2019, according to a report by the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air.