Gurugram air worst in country as construction ban comes into play

Haryana State Pollution Control Board regional officer JB Sharma attributed the severity of air pollution to rampant construction activity, slated to be banned for the next 10 days starting today.
A view of Gurugram city's skyline enveloped in heavy smog and heavy air pollution, in Gurugram, on Wednesday(HT Photo)
A view of Gurugram city's skyline enveloped in heavy smog and heavy air pollution, in Gurugram, on Wednesday(HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 01, 2018 02:06 PM IST
Copy Link
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByPrayag Arora-Desai

City’s air, on Wednesday, was the most polluted in the country at 416 on the Air Quality Index (AQI), putting it in the ‘severe’ category. It was the second consecutive day that Gurugram’s air was categorised as ‘severe’ after Tuesday’s AQI of 426, and the first time this season that Gurugram was the only Indian city with ‘severe’ air.

Haryana State Pollution Control Board regional officer JB Sharma attributed the severity of pollution to rampant construction activity, slated to be banned for the next 10 days starting today.

“All construction activity will be banned from Thursday till November 10, in anticipation of Diwali, which typically causes AQI value in the National Capital Region (NCR) to skyrocket. Both, the HSPCB and the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram, will be enforcing the ban,” Sharma said.

The level of PM2.5, Gurugram’s primary air pollutant, dropped slightly to 453ug/m3 on Wednesday from Tuesday’s reading of 500ug/m3. According to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, the daily average safe measure of PM2.5 is 60ug/m3.

“An increase in temperature and clear skies helped air quality improve across the NCR on Wednesday,” said a senior member of the Central Pollution Control Board’s (CPCB) air quality lab, requesting anonymity. Daytime temperature on Wednesday increased by one degree to 31.1 degrees Celsius.

Air quality improved across major NCR cities of Delhi, Faridabad and Ghaziabad on Wednesday entering the ‘very poor’ category from Tuesday’s ‘severe’.

Sachin Panwar, an air quality scientist who has been closely measuring pollution in the city, said clear skies on Wednesday had allowed heat to penetrate through the atmosphere, warming the air and drawing suspended particulate matter upwards. Panwar also said that Wednesday’s air may not be as bad as official data lets on.

“The AQI reading of 416 is based on information captured by the city’s only air quality monitor at Vikas Sadan, which is located extremely close to a highway. Therefore, the air in its catchment area is worse than in other places,” he said, adding that air quality in Gurugram improved progressively through the day. By late afternoon, PM2.5 levels had dropped to 387ug/m3, according to the National Air Quality Index web app.

On Wednesday, MCG commissioner Yashpal Yadav announced the formation of 12 teams that will be responsible for enforcing the ban on construction in the district’s four zones. Each team will have up to eight members, consisting of junior engineers, assistant engineers and senior town planners, who will inspect areas ensuring that all construction activity has been halted.

The teams will also check open burning of waste and unauthorised dumping of construction debris, which is a major source of PM2.5.

“Violators will be booked under sections 269 and 278 of the Indian Penal Code, under the National Green Tribunal Act, and the construction site in question will be sealed,” Yadav said.

Other measures to curb air pollution in the city already in place, in keeping with the Graded Response Action Plan for ‘severe’ air quality. These measures include water sprinkling and mechanised sweeping of roads, which Yadav said is being carried out by street-sweeping machines, municipal tankers and fire trucks.

MCG chief engineer ND Vashisht said the civic body was also picking up abandoned construction waste from around the city and issuing challans for open waste burning.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • People wade through water near Galleria Market in Sushant Lok in Gurugram on Monday. (Vipin Kumar/ Hindustan Times)

    Rain brings respite to Haryana

    The early morning rains reported in most parts of Haryana on Monday brought respite from scorching heat in both the rural and urban parts of the state. As per reports of the meteorological and agriculture department at Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agriculture University, light to heavy rainfall was witnessed in parts of Ambala, Gurugram, Kurukshetra, Kaithal Karnal, Fatehabad, Mahendergarh, Jhajjar, Yamunanagar, Rohtak, Panchkula, Panipat, Sonepat and Jind districts.

  • Seven former Congress leaders rejoined the party in Chandigarh on Monday. (Image for representational purpose)

    Haryana: Seven former Congress leaders return to party fold

    Seven former Congress leaders rejoined the party in Chandigarh on Monday. Among the rejoiners are Sharda Rathore, Ram Niwas Ghorela, Naresh Selwal, Rakesh Kamboj, Rajkumar Valmiki, Zile Ram Sharma and Subhash Chaudhary, who had quit the party to join the BJP, HJC or contest as an Independent. Besides, former INLD MLA Parminder Singh Dhul, who had contested in 2019 on a BJP ticket, and Kishanlal Panchal of the LSP also joined the Congress.

  •  (Image for representational purpose)

    Sexual offences against a child: Parents can’t strike a compromise, rules HC

    The victim child and her parents can't strike a compromise in the cases of sexual offence against the minor, the Punjab and Haryana high court has ruled.

  • A man was arrested for allegedly raping his six-year-old daughter at a factory, which was shut down for the last many years at Rewari’s Dharuhera area, police said on Monday. (Image for representational purpose)

    Haryana: Father arrested for raping 6-year-old girl

    A man was arrested for allegedly raping his six-year-old daughter at a factory, which was shut down for the last many years at Rewari's Dharuhera area, police said on Monday. A spokesperson of Rewari police said the man has been booked under sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) and the girl has been admitted to a hospital.

  • Rescue operations going on at the site where two farmers got trapped in a 40-foot-deep tubewell pit in Hisar on Sunday. (HT Photo)

    Hisar: Body of one farmer retrieved from tubewell pit

    A day after two farmers were trapped in a 40ft deep tubewell pit after a portion of land collapsed on them at Hisar's Siarwa village, army and NDRF teams pulled out the body of one of them in the wee hours of Monday. Former Haryana finance minister Sampat Singh, deputy speaker Ranbir Gangwa and district administrative officials attended the funeral of Jagdish's.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Tuesday, May 24, 2022