Urban air pollution analysis in India

Accelerating growth in the transport sector, a booming construction industry, and a growing industrial sector are responsible for worsening air pollution in Indian cities. While estimates of health impacts are effective in raising overall concern about air quality, they do not specifically answer the question of where the pollution is coming from and how much each of these sources contributes towards air pollution. Further uncontrolled growth will lead to more pollution and require large recurring investments to control pollution. This study under the SIM‐air program was initiated with support from the Climate Works Foundation (USA) and the Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (India) to better understand the sources of air pollution in six cities in India, to support an integrated dialogue between local pollution management and climate policy in a co‐benefits framework. The six cities selected for this study are ‐ Pune (Maharashtra); Chennai (Tamil Nadu); Indore (Madhya Pradesh); and Ahmedabad, Rajkot, and Surat (Gujarat).

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