Chennai overshadows Delhi in pollution

On November 7, Chennai Air Quality Index was about 264, which went beyond the Delhi pollution(254 AQI).


At 9.30 am, Chennai encountered a hazy sky, which left the residents concerned. It is claimed that many areas within the city like Velachery, Ramapuram, Manadi, Kodungaiyur, Anna Nagar and Chennai Airport were at the level of 341 AQI.

However, experts feel that the Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations in Chennai are not exactly estimate and reliable. The pollution tracker at, an IBM Business, assesses the AQI for Chennai at 314, even worse!

On one hand, the Government of Tamil Nadu and the Indian Meteorological Department are in a constant denial of “Delhi is not the reason for this effect in Chennai” and on the other hand, Shweta Narayan, the coordinator of Healthy Energy Initiative India said that Chennai is always polluted and Delhi also plays a minor role in bringing in hazy, smog-filled skies.

Narayan also pointed out that this time the issue became more intense due to the participation of the media attention over Delhi pollution.

The condition will continue till Friday and the NorthEast Monsoon showers will resume from Saturday.

(Subiksha Ramakrishnan)

Source- The News Minute, Business Line, New Indian Express, The Hindu Business line