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Air Quality Index: Govt upbeat of positive outcome, but will people be able to breath some fresh air?
After the recent brouhaha that terms the national capital city, New Delhi as the world's most polluted capital, the government came out with national Air Quality Index (AQI) that will put out the real time data about the degree of pollutants in the air.

It would not only measure the level but also would aware people about the hazard of air pollution on their health. Aiming 10 cities initially, PM Narendra Modi held a two day conference with Environment and Forest ministers of the states in which he himself launched the new index.

Beside the capital and cities like Varanasi, Agra, Faridabad, Kanpur, Lucknow, the list also included other major cities like Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, and Ahmedabad. However each of these cities would have monitoring stations with AQI display boards.

Only after a study by World Health Organisation (WHO) it was revealed that Delhi was the most polluted capital in the world, which forced the government to take an initiative and strong stand to control the pollution.

A study conducted by economic and public policy experts from the Energy Policy Institute at Chicago also states that India's poor air quality reduces the life span of average citizen by 3.2 years.

Hoping the Air quality Index to be helpful and a beacon to improve the quality of air in urban areas the Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar is upbeat.

Bengaluru being the least polluted city had a moderate air quality in comparison to other cities which scaled to poor or very poor. The AQI takes multiple data on pollution already available with the country's Central Pollution Control Boards and presents them as a colour coded scale with six levels.

The very first level which is dark green colour indicates a finest air quality, while maroon on the other hand indicates an acute pollution which is presented along with the various health impact with the change in colour.

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