PM Narendra Modi Launched National Air Quality Index
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 6 April 2015 launched the National Air Quality Index (AQI) for monitoring the quality of air in major urban centres across the country on a real-time basis and enhancing public awareness for taking mitigative action. As part of the endeavour, the Union Environment Ministry proposes to extend the measurement of air quality to 22 state capitals and 44 other cities with a population exceeding one million. The AQI has been at present launched for 10 cities - Delhi, Agra, Kanpur, Lucknow, Varanasi, Faridabad, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. It will have ‘one number, one colour and one description’ to inform the public about air quality in a simple and easily understandable format.