New Delhi: In what continues to be a struggle for the Delhi administration to bring under control, the air quality index (AQI) in the national capital on Monday morning remained at the high end of ‘very poor’ category. The air pollution was dominated by the share of pollutants from farm fires, estimated at nearly 40 per cent of the cause. Also Read - Amid Rising Air Pollution, Delhi's Ghazipur Landfill Catches Fire

Delhi’s Air Quality Index this morning was recorded at 362 in Sonia Vihar, 345 in Bawana, 326 in Patparganj and 373 in Jahangirpuri. All four of the areas were in the ‘very poor’ category, as per Central Pollution Control Board. Also Read - Delhi Temperature Rises a Notch, Air Quality Drops to 'Very Poor' Again as Smog Thickens

However, it must be noted that Delhi is not the only city that has ‘very poor’ air pollution. Ghaziabad and Lucknow also join the national capital among 21 Indian cities that feature in the list of 30 most polluted cities in the world. Also Read - Delhi's High COVID Death Rate Due to Stubble Burning, Downtrend Expected in 2-3 Weeks: Satyender Jain

Let’s take a look at Indian cities with best and worst AQI:

10 Cities with Cleanest Air 

RankCityPM2.5’s 2019 average (µg/m³)
1Satna (Madhya Pradesh)15.5
2Kumbhori (Maharashtra)20.3
3Haldia (West Bengal)25.9
4Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh)26.4
5Katiya Kalan (Madhya Pradesh)27.7
6Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala)27.9
7Chikkaballapur (Karnataka)28.8
8Bhatinda (Punjab)31.0
9Bengaluru (Karnataka)32.6
10Amravati (Andhra Pradesh)33

10 Cities with Most Polluted Air 

RankCityPM2.5’s 2020 average (µg/m³)
1Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh)115
2New Delhi (Delhi)100
3Gurugram (Haryana)96
4Noida (Uttar Pradesh)95
5Kolkata (West Bengal)78
6Mumbai (Maharashtra)72
7Hyderabad (Telengana)65
8Bengaluru (Karnataka)57
9Mandideep (Madhya Pradesh)55
10Mandi Gobindgarh (Punjab)49