The air of NCR is not so breathable, all construction work halted for a while!

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Gurugram: The air pollution has surrounded the national capital region from all sides and phases. All the construction work that was taking place has been put to a halt, what worse the situation can turn towards. It is important to make the air clean and a bit purified if not totally suitable for breathing.

The Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) advised the deputy commissioners of 14 NCR districts in Haryana to tackle rising pollution by adopting measures such as waste incineration, sprinkling water to help particulate matter settle, identifying roads where excessive dust is being kicked up, increasing mechanised cleaning of roads and clamping down on the preparation of concrete and tar for the next 48 hours.

“The district administration will ensure the compliance of these guidelines,” Vinay Pratap Singh, deputy commissioner, Gurugram, said in a text message to HT.

He said the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG), department of town and country planning department and the district pollution control board will have to follow the guidelines. He advised residents to ensure that no construction work is carried out in the next two days.

On Thursday, the Central Pollution Control Board’s (CPCB) air quality index (AQI) for Gurugram was 485, which worsened from 308 on Wednesday.

The level of PM2.5, however, slightly dipped to 483.33ug/mg3 (micrograms per cubic metre of air) from Wednesday’s 572.93ug/ mg3, which was the highest daily reading of 2018.

PM2.5 continues to be the primary air pollutant in Gurugram, according to the CPCB. This is due to strong, dust raising winds blowing towards the NCR from Rajasthan, officials said.

Singh said the CPCB’S Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) will be implemented if the level of pollutants remains in the more than severe category for 48 hours.

The director general of health services in Haryana has also been directed to issue a separate health advisory “to the general public on the precautions to be taken during the dust storm.” The HSPCB said it would be monitoring the situation “for the next 48 hours and will advise on further steps.”

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