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As mercury dips, Gurugram air quality plummets beyond safety

Even if it was Christmas, there was nothing to cheer about for citizens of Gurugram as far as the quality of air in the city was concerned.

On Sunday, as the temperatures in the city dipped, the air quality levels only deteriorated further.

According to reports, the particulate matter of 10 microns were in the range of 350-400 levels which is four times the safety limit of 100.

The more harmful particulate matter of 2.5 microns were in the range of 250-300 levels which is five times the safety level of 60.

Not only this, there was also high concentration of poisonous gases like sulphur dioxide and carbon monoxide that was reported from the city.

Gurugram has been in the list of the most polluted areas in the National Capital Region in the year 2016.

From late October onwards, the city’s air quality have recorded high levels of PM10 and PM2.5 levels along with the concentration of other poisonous gases.

Not only high vehicular traffic but burning of garbage in open areas are considered to be main reasons in the deterioration of the air levels of the city.

“For long, the focus has only been on the pollution of Delhi. It is high time that the Khattar government shifts their focus on how to tackle the deadly levels of pollution prevailing in Gurugram,” said Chetan Aggarwal an environmental activist.
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