Ghaziabad’s highest dust levels on CISF road, finds survey | Ghaziabad News

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GHAZIABAD: Indirapuram’s CISF road has the highest levels of dust pollution in the district, shows a survey conducted by Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board in the first week of October. The dust load in the area was found to be as high as 11,590 kg/km.

The concentration of dust particles in the stretch was also the highest — 579.54 g/sqm — among the 18 areas surveyed with small particles which are up to 75μm in size and include the very harmful PM10 and PM2.5 at 154.37g/sqm.
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The area outside the district magistrate’s office was found to be cleanest where dust load was minimum — 375.18 kg/km. Dust density of the stretch was also the lowest at 14.4 g/sqm with a small particle concentration of 2.47 g/sqm.
Among other major areas that have toxic levels of dust include Koyal Enclave in Loni where particle concentration was measured to be 471 g/sqm with 144.32 g/sqm of small particle concentration. This was followed by Vasundhara Sector 4 and Rajnagar Extension.
The abnormally high level of dust pollution in Indirapuram township, one of the most upscale areas in the district, has left the residents alarmed. “This is the true picture of Indirapuram where we are forced to breathe air laden with pollutants. Officials and civic agencies are responsible for the plight,” said Avnish Kumar, a resident of the area. “The township is dotted with highrise apartments in which flats are sold at exorbitant prices but the buyers are denied even basics,” added Kumar.
UPPCB officials, however, say the problem in Indirapuram is temporary. Utsav Sharma, regional officer of UPPCB, said, “Indirapuram’s CISF road is among the most polluted areas in the city because the road is being rebuilt and a sewer network is being constructed. For the past several months, this stretch has been dug up and the road is unpaved. Once work is complete, dust pollution will lessen,” added Sharma.
But health experts still see this as a serious threat. City’s leading pulmonologist Lakshmi Kant Mishra says, “Problem with dust particle of up to 75μm is that it stays suspended. Spike in PM10 and PM2.5 levels which causes serious pulmonary complications. In case of vulnerable groups like children and elderly, this could be lethal.”
Of the 18 stretches that were studied, seven had dust concentration above 300 g/sqm, an alarming level.
Thr district administration said they have intensified measures suggested by UPPCB in its report to contain dust pollution. “Water sprinkling, mechanised sweeping, and from this year, collection of road dust is being done by Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation,” said Ajay Shankar Pandey, district magistrate. “The very purpose of the survey was to help us identify the exact reasons for high levels of pollution. We will take every possible measure to check it,” added Pandey.



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