Nature of air pollution, emission sources, and management in the Indian cities

Sarath K. Guttikunda, Rahul Goel, Pallavi Pant

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The global burden of disease study estimated 695,000 premature deaths in 2010 due to continued exposure to outdoor particulate matter and ozone pollution for India. By 2030, the expected growth in many of the sectors (industries, residential, transportation, power generation, and construction) will result in an increase in pollution related health impacts for most cities. The available information on urban air pollution, their sources, and the potential of various interventions to control pollution, should help us propose a cleaner path to 2030. In this paper, we present an overview of the emission sources and control options for better air quality in Indian cities, with a particular focus on interventions like urban public transportation facilities; travel demand management; emission regulations for power plants; clean technology for brick kilns; management of road dust; and waste management to control open waste burning. Also included is a broader discussion on key institutional measures, like public awareness and scientific studies, necessary for building an effective air quality management plan in Indian cities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)501-510
JournalAtmospheric Environment
Early online date2 Jul 2014
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2014


  • Emissions control
  • Vehicular emissions
  • Power plants
  • Brick kilns
  • Health impacts


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