Life expectancy drops 6 years in Delhi due to pollution: Study

Delhi might be paying the steepest price for its air pollution with life expectancy dropping by 6.4 years while Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra are likely to account for the highest number of premature deaths in India, a study by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology has revealed. 
Conducted by IITM scientists in collaboration with the National Centre for Atmospheric Research ( NCAR ), Colorado, the study is likely to further ignite concern over the need to improve air quality in the capital and urgently map its sources of pollution and their contribution to making Delhi an unhealthy city .

The study is based on data compiled in the 2011 census to arrive at the figures of "premature mortality" due to exposure to particulate matter across the country .

The study found that life expectancy in Maharashtra dropped by 3.3 years due to exposure to pollution. The report, titled `Premature Mortalities due to PM2.5 (finer particulate matter) and Ozone Exposure in India', states that Maharashtra recorded 10% of the country's deaths due to pollution with UP topping at around 15%.

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