Gurgaon air 'deadly' but can be fixed, says Centre for Science and Environment

NYOOOZ , Saturday, June 03, 2017
Correspondent :
As per a report released on challenges staring at Gurgaon and possible solutions prepared by the Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) and Gurgaon First – under the aegis of the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram, the city is experiencing poor air quality because of large scale usage of diesel generators, dirty fuel, large scale construction and losing green areas. The report titled ‘Gurugram: A framework for sustainable development’ was released on Thursday ahead of the upcoming World Environment Day on June 5. For the last six months, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has marked the city’s air quality as poor. To address the issue, an environment conclave was organised in the city on Thursday. Out of all the pollutants, the suspended particulate matter (PM) 2.5 has been way above the permissible limit, which is 60 micrograms per cubic metre (µg/m³).

PM2.5 is particulate matter 2.5 micrometres or less in diameter and is a major component of what constitutes air pollution. These are very fine particles and can reside in the lungs and aggravate asthma or respiratory conditions. The elderly and children are most vulnerable to adverse effects on health caused by PM2.5. According to a study conducted by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), every third child in Delhi has reduced lung function and their sputum contains four times more iron-laden macrophages than those from cleaner environments, said the report. During the discussion at the conclave, it was concluded that the city should focus on vehicular emission standard and energy efficiency to reduce air pollution. “It is time that we should move towards solar power and reduce our dependency on diesel.


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