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For 48 hours, Gurugram at top of India’s pollution chart

Source: The Times of India, Date: , 2017

The Times of India, Gurugram, Feb 2017: This is one parameter where Gurugram would never want to surpass Delhi. But that's exactly what it is doing. Gurugram turned up on top of the Central Pollution Control Board's list of the 28 most polluted cities on Wednesday with an air quality index (AQI) of 322. It got worse on Thursday, rising to 347 but was pushed to second by alarmingly high pollution levels recorded in Haldia (392), an industrial city in West Bengal. AQI above 300 is classified as 'very poor' and can be the trigger for respiratory illnesses.Gurugram's air quality has been consistently very poor through the winter, except a short spell earlier this week when wind brought pollution levels down. The other severely polluted cities were Faridabad, Ahmedabad, Agra and Delhi. There is, however, a catch. Unlike Delhi, pollution in Gurugram is monitored from just one station, in the old city, and officials have repeatedly pointed to this aspect to underscore that the reading does not accurately reflect the condition of air across the city.

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