Top 10 Cities with Worst Pollution in India : Most Polluted Cities

Most Polluted Cities in India

According to the World Health Organization’s latest study conducted on the most polluted cities in the world has shocking revelations. 9 out of the most polluted cities are from India. It is a matter of utmost concern to the country and calls for some serious measures to be taken in order to improve the steadily worsening condition.

The most polluted cities in India according to the WHO with an extremely Bad Air Quality are as follows:

Top 10 Most Polluted Cities in India

1. Kanpur

Located in Northern region in India, Kanpur ranks number 1 on the list of most polluted cities with an annual PM2.5 level of 173 micrograms per cubic meter, which is the way to high than WHO’s recommendation of 10 mcg per cubic meter.

2. Faridabad

With an annual average of 172 micrograms per cubic meter of PM 2.5, Faridabad is the second among most polluted cities in the world. Bordering the national capital Faridabad is the most populous city of the state Haryana.

3. Varanasi

India’s spiritual home Varanasi recorded 151 micrograms per cubic meter of the most hazardous particles. With the holy river Ganges the city is a religious hub witnessing thousands of pilgrims on a daily basis.

4. Gaya

At 149 micrograms per cubic meter, Gaya is another highly polluted city in the state of Bihar. It is also a religious hub to both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. This spiritual city is also considered as one of the most polluted cities in India.

5. Patna

The capital city of the state Bihar, Patna has shown an alarming 144 micrograms of PM 2.5. It is extremely congested and noisy which is located on the banks on the river Ganga.

6. New Delhi
New Delhi

The capital city of India has shifted from the number 1 polluted city in the early research to number 6. It has an average of 143 micrograms per cubic meter of PM 2.5. It’s is expected that this will be again on top in most polluted cities in India this year.

7. Lucknow

The capital city of Uttar Pradesh is known for its exquisite Mughal architecture and sprawling parks. It has recorded an average of 138 micrograms per cubic meter of PM 2.5.

8. Agra

Home to one of the seven wonders, Agra holds an extremely bad air quality. It has recorded an average 131micrograms per cubic meter of PM 2.5. Increasing cars and polluting fuels are the reason for this depleting air quality in Agra.

9. Muzzafarpur


This city in the state of Uttar Pradesh has recorded 120 micrograms per cubic meter. The temperatures in the city are soaring up to 104 Fahrenheit.

10. Srinagar


A Lot of scenic beauties does not make the city for healthier living the crown of India, Jammu and Kashmir this city Sri Nagar is also in the most polluted cities of India. With 113 micrograms per cubic meter of PM 2.5 Srinagar stands as the 10th most polluted city of India.