Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - Gurugram -

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.

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