Residents can give themselves a pat on the back for making Diwali a cleaner and safer affair this year. Pollution and noise levels in Gurgaon were considerably lower as compared to 2010 and the year before.
Data from the district pollution department shows that levels of suspended particulate matter (SPM), sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and other particles in the air have gone down this time.
Though crackers worth Rs 10 crore were sold, a jump of Rs 2crore from last year, vendors said the quantity of crackers sold was less but the selling price was higher this year.
According to recorded data, SPM levels came down from 788 micrograms per cubic meter of air (ug/m3) in 2010 to 749ug/m3 this year while the respirable suspended particulate matter (RSPM) stood at 408ug/m3 from last year’s 432ug/m3.
Levels of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide, however, showed only a marginal decrease this year.
The Haryana Pollution Control Board (HPCB) had set up four air and noise monitoring locations in Gurgaon — MG Road, Sohna Road, Sector 14 and near the bus stand from October 25 to 27. Officials said the situation would have been better if residents living in posh areas of New Gurgaon had supported the anti-cracker campaign whole-heartedly.