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Monday, 2 November 2020

Four Gurugram areas emerge as toxic hotspots

Sanjay Yadav

Gurugram, November 1

The slight improvement in the air quality index (AQI) of the city was short-lived as four residential areas have emerged as toxic hotspots in the National Capital Region (NCR), with Sector 51 being the worst affected.

Unchecked construction and illegal dumping of debris have been cited as reasons for the deteriorating air quality.

Unchecked construction behind poor air quality

  • Unchecked construction and illegal dumping of debris have been cited as reasons for the deteriorating air quality
  • With the MC going easy on violators, the situation is worsening and it may lead to complete ban on construction like last year

Sources say the Municipal Corporation is to be blamed for loosening the leash on violators and not issuing enough challans to persons violating the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), under which institutionalised measures are to be taken when air quality deteriorates.

As a result, there are plumes of dust and smog in the city.

On Tuesday, the district's AQI was recorded at 306 (hazardous, according to an AQI table). It was 258 (very unhealthy) a day before. In the monitoring area of Sector 51, the AQI was recorded at 327, while that of Vikas Sadan and Terri village crossed 300. The AQI in Manesar reached 277. Construction sites are mostly concentrated in these areas.

With the MC going easy on violators, the situation is worsening and it may lead to complete ban on construction like last year.

Meanwhile, in a meeting of traffic officials, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Sanjeev Balhara, directed cops to check violations of the GRAP.

"Traffic officials have been told that their job is to not only mange traffic, but also issue challans to violators. Since the implementation of the GRAP this year, the traffic police have issued challans of around Rs 10 lakh," said Balhara, who is also the nodal officer, GRAP.



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