Will an app a day keep air pollution away?

Growing concerns over the air quality in metros such as Delhi and Mumbai have led to a surge in mobile apps that keep users updated on the latest pollution levels and health warnings.

In the past one year alone, at least five apps for iOS and Android platforms have been developed by a Pune-based research institute, a Paris-based start-up, a not-for-profit organisation, a personal assistant app and an air purifier firm for metros such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai.

Closing India’s Implementation Gap on Pollution Control

In the course of two years, India has claimed from China the dubious distinction as the world’s most polluted country. Whether India deserves this title or not depends on how, when and where one chooses to measure pollution—questions that are often debated in the media. All this attention has increased awareness in India about the costs of air pollution, not least in New Delhi, where the country’s lawmakers breathe (what the BBC calls) the world’s most polluted air.