GURUGRAM POLLUTION IN PHOTOS
SMOG Winter hasn’t arrived in earnest but the pollution associated with it already has. Pollution masks and a thick blanket of toxic smog are conspicuous sights in Gurugram, and are likely to continue until the end of the current pollution cycle in March 2019. HT’s Parveen Kumar visited various spots in the city after Diwali
Morning walkers at the Leisure Valley ground in Sector 29. The security guard deployed at the park says that most walkers wear masks, and that there has been a sharp decline in the park’s footfall since the pollution level began to spike in early October.
A construction site, where work has been suspended, in Udyog Vihar, near Shankar Chowk. The imposed ban on construction activities under the Graded Response Action Plan has been violated repeatedly over the last nine days, with the MCG racking up over ₹6 lakh in fines.
A view of CyberCity on the night of November 8, when the level of finer particulate matter (PM2.5) was in the region of 300ug/m3. Pollution levels tend to dip drastically at night owing to the drop in temperature.
A view of the city from atop Gateway Tower in CyberCity, DLF-2, around 5.30pm on November 6.
After Diwali, the city is covered in smog. A shot taken from the same point on November 8.
A traffic policeman deployed at IFFCO Chowk wears a pollution mask to protect himself against vehicular emissions. All traffic managers have been provided with similar protective gear keeping in mind the serious health hazards posed by their jobs.
A firefighter sprinkles water on trees in a green belt at the Tau Devi Lal Biodiversity Park, Sector 52, to help arrest the movement of suspended particulate matter. There are at least 10 such tankers that have been deployed across the city for sprinkling as part of the Graded Response Action Plan to curb air pollution.