Gurugram breathed cleanest air since October 8

Published on Nov 27, 2019 09:31 PM IST
HT Image
HT Image
ByHT Correspondent

Gurugram Residents woke up to the cleanest air of the season on Wednesday, with Gurugram scoring 104 (‘moderate’) on the Central Pollution Control Board’s (CPCB) air quality index (AQI), bettering the AQI of 125, recorded on November 19.

The last time better air quality was recorded in the city was on October 8, when the AQI was 78 (‘satisfactory’).

This marked the second consecutive day of ‘moderate’ air quality in Gurugram, following Tuesday’s AQI of 186. The improvement in air quality was attributed to strong surface winds, which had a speed of around 20 kilometres per hour, during the day, according to the ministry of earth science’s early air quality warning system for Delhi-NCR.

The concentration of finer particulate matter, having a diameter smaller than 2.5 micrometres (PM2.5), was 85ug/m3 on Wednesday, down from Tuesday’s maximum reading of 125ug/m3. Last week, the PM2.5 level was averaging around 180ug/m3, against the safe limit of 60ug/m3.

Sachin Panwar, a city-based air quality expert, said, “This is an unusual improvement for this time of the year, when pollution levels tend to start peaking. It is all due to the prevailing meteorology, which is expected to keep pollution levels low, at least for another day.”

As per the CPCB’s prediction, air quality is likely to deteriorate on Thursday but will continue to remain in the upper end of the ‘moderate’ to the lower end of the ‘poor’ category.

“The air quality is likely to deteriorate further on Friday and remain in ‘poor’ category due to slow wind speed, which is expected to dip to about 10kmph,” a senior scientist at the CPCB’s air quality lab in Delhi said.

Despite the improvements in air quality, which have prevailed this month, polluting activities are still continuing on the ground in major NCR towns, according to the CPCB’s latest inspection report, a copy of which is available on the CPCB website. The report notes that construction activities and waste burning are some of the primary causes of air pollution in the city.

Of the 800-odd cases of construction and demolition activity reported from across the NCR, Gurugram accounts for almost 10%. The city also accounts for almost 10% of the total of 197 instances of waste burning observed across the NCR by CPCB’s inspection teams.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • The Karnataka high court.

    Married daughters also entitled for insurance compensation on parents' death: HC

    The Karnataka High Court has held that married daughters are entitled for compensation by insurance companies on the loss of their parents in accidents. The HC single judge bench of Justice H P Sandesh heard an appeal filed by an insurance company challenging the award of compensation to married daughters of one Renuka (aged 57) who was killed in an accident on April 12, 2012 near Yamanur, Hubballi, in north Karnataka.

  • DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal sought a copy of the first information report (FIR), details of the accused person arrested or absconding and steps taken to apprehend the accused. (Mohd Zakir/HT File Photo)

    Submit report by 14 August, DCW orders Delhi police on rape of 3 school girls

    The Delhi Commission for Women on Thursday asked the city police to submit a complete report by August 14 on the action taken on a rape complaint by three girls studying in a Delhi government school. The commission also asked police to confirm that the three minor girls were produced before the child welfare committee as required by law, and a copy of the order issued by the committee.

  • Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and speaker Vijay Kumar Sinha. (PTI)

    No-confidence motion against speaker delayed Bihar assembly session

    In the first Cabinet meeting after taking oath on Wednesday, chief minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy, Tejashwi Yadav, decided to convene the Bihar assembly session on August 24 to seek trust vote. The session was delayed as speaker Vijay Kumar Sinha refused to quit and promoted ruling alliance to move a no-confidence motion. Former speaker Vijay Kumar Choudhary said it will be taken first on the day the House convenes.

  • A man's leg accidentally touched others in the procession, who took objection because of which the argument started. (HT File)

    Two men stabbed in Gadag during Muharram procession: Report

    Two young men were stabbed during a Muharram procession at the Mallasamudra village in Karnataka's Gadag on Tuesday, according to reports. The injured have been identified as Tousif Hosamani and Mushtaq Hosamani. One of the two young men is battling for his life. Both are being treated at the Gadag Institute of Medical Sciences Hospital. Police have registered a case against six men in the incident.

  • CFI was active amid the controversy surrounding the hijab ban. (Image credit: Imran Khan/Twitter)

    Campus Front of India opposes 'Bharat Mata Pooja' in Mangaluru varsity

    The Campus Front of India has objected to a 'Bharat Mata pooja' scheduled to be held today at a university in Mangaluru - one of the areas at the heart of the hijab ban in Karnataka - and wanted to know why the university had allowed a pooja with a poster holding up a saffron flag instead of the tricolour, news agency PTI reported.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Thursday, August 11, 2022
Start 15 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now