Gurgaon: Expressing concern over the deteriorating air quality, a city-based residents’ group, Citizen for Clean Air (CFCA), has written to deputy commissioner Yash Garg, seeking immediate enforcement of all smoke and dust containment measures in the city.
Members of the organisation claimed there was a “health emergency” as the concentration of particulate matter recorded by all four air monitoring stations in the city had touched 1,000ug/m3. This, the letter states, was equivalent to inhaling huge grams of toxic and acrid smoke with every breath. The elderly and children with breathing problems were worst affected, it said.
Following the rampant bursting of firecrackers on Diwali night despite restrictions, coupled with a rise in incidents of stubble burning, the city’s AQI had slipped to 472 and 456, which is ‘severe’ category, on Friday and Saturday.
Ruchika Sethi Takkar, the founder of CFCA, said, “PM2.5 released by crackers was fatal as it is a noxious mix of heavy metals. And given the unfavourable meteorological conditions, including lower wind speed, dust, prevailing smog conditions due to stubble and waste burning, the pollution levels have increased manifold. We have sought swift actions to prevent further deterioration of air quality in Gurgaon and Manesar by ensuring 100% compliance to all the dust control measures and zero episodes of waste burning.”
An intensive sprinkling of water on roads, strict adherence to NGT construction guidelines, an aerial wash of trees and foliage and strict monitoring and regulation of the open sale of construction material are among the mitigation measures sought by the group, environment engineer and CFCA member Abhishek Srivastava said.
Meanwhile, a senior HSPCB official said they have intensified pollution control measures. “We are working at a war footing level and have implemented the pollution curb measures on the ground from October 1 itself,” the official said.





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