Another applaudable moment for Assam, after its culturally iconic city, Tezpur ranks first among the least polluted cities in India, as declared by WHO.
The detailed WHO report reveals that Tezpur in Assam stands first as the least polluted city, followed by Pathanamthitta in Kerela and then Hassan in Karnataka, among the 122 Indian cities considered for WHO’s study on air pollution.
Hometown to several notables Dr. Bhupen Hazarika, Kalaguru Bishnu Prasad Rabha , Phani Sharma and Rupkonwar Jyoti Prasdad Agarwalla, Tezpur is considered to the ‘Cultural Capital of Assam’.The first electric power station in this part of India was established at Tezpur by the British in 1913.
As per the WHO guidelines, the permissible limit in case of PM10 is 20 g/m3 (micrograms per cubic metre of air) and PM2.5 is 10 g/m3. All cities of India considered for the study have recorded the pollution level above the permissible limit.
In Tezpur, the concentration of particulate matter (dust) with the annual mean PM 10 was found to be 11 g/m3 and annual mean PM2.5 was 6 g/m3.
After Tezpur, Pathanamthitta in Kerla stands 2nd followed by Hassan in Karnataka as 3rdand Kerala’s Kollam as 4th least polluted cities in India.
WHO other than 122 cities in India, tested the pollution levels in 2,973 cities around the world. Onitsa in Nigeria and Zabol in Iran are the most polluted cities in the world.