Air pollution is at dangerous levels in cities across India, especially in the Delhi-NCR region. You can use these apps and resources to track air quality across cities.
Governemtn of India’s Ministry of Earth Sciences created the well-known app known as System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research, or SAFAR. Although the data is only available for Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, and Ahmedabad, it is nonetheless comprehensive and presented in a clear user interface. While the multilingual app is available in four languages (English, Hindi, Gujarati, and Marathi), its interface resembles a website from the early 2000s.
AirVisual is easily one of the most comprehensive air pollution monitors, providing real-time weather data for over 10,000 cities around the world. The app also provides historical data and forecasts, so you can check what time/day would be the best to step out and plan your outdoor activities accordingly. The app is free to use and does not come with any ads. And on top of that, the app also offers health recommendations to help you achieve minimum exposure to pollutants.
Breezometer provides a super detailed look into the air quality of your city and its composition, even breaking down pollutants and showing how much of each is in the air. There’s also a dedicated map page providing real-time air quality street, down to the block and street levels. The app also notifies you of any changes in air quality for selected cities. Under the Air Quality page, you can also find health tips, providing recommendations on what you should do according to your health status.
If you want a no-nonsense experience without any fancy graphics and user interface, Delhi Pollition Control Commititee or DPCC provides real-time AQI tracking, albeit just for Delhi. Users can expand the various green icons of Delhi by clicking on them to reveal a thorough analysis of each area, along with information on PM2.5, PM10, CO, SO2, NO2, and O3.
All pollutants and gases, including PM2.5, PM10, O3, SO2, NO2, and CO, are covered by the information on this website. The website gives you a map view of the city you wish to examine the AQI for and offers in-depth information for various parts of the city.
Shoot! I Smoke
Shoot! I Smoke gives a comic twist to the whole air pollution measurement thing by providing information not using AQI, but through the cigarettes equivalent of the pollutants, you’ve inhaled. The interface is simple and shows you the number of cigarettes you’ve smoked, although you can tap on “See detailed info” if you wish to delve into specifics.
Sameer may not have the slickest user interface but it deserves a mention on this list regardless because it’s the Central Pollution Control Board’s official app. The app provides an hourly update of the National Air Quality Index (AQI) published by the CPCB. Users can also register complaints related to air pollution through the app itself.