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27 March-2 April 2015

Vol. 4 No. 32  Pages 16  ` 10

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hen Gurgaon was built as India’s millennium city, it was meant to be a living paradise for its residents. In less than two decades the City has degenerated into a pollution quagmire, which is threatening the environment and even human lives. Delhi may have been in the spotlight for being the world's most polluted city, as per a recent urban air quality database released by the World Health Organisation, but Gurgaon is deinitely no better. Some recent igures on air and water pollution are quite worrisome. According to environmental data in the Numbeo website, the world’s largest database of user-contributed data about cities worldwide, the air pollution index in Gurgaon is at a high of over 74, drinking water pollution and inaccessibility is nearly 68, dissatisfaction with garbage disposal is over 78, everything that describes the

and potato will take a big hit. As per a survey conducted by the Haryana Agricultural University (HAU), this year wheat had been sown early or just in time in almost 70% of the 24.78 lakh hectares under wheat cultivation in the State. This crop has been the worst afected by the untime-

ly rains. HAU had predicted a bumper wheat crop this year. In Gurgaon district, wheat, mustard and vegetables have sufered badly. The orchards in Farukhnagar, Pataudi and other rural areas, which grow diferent fruits, are also likely to face a big loss of produce. Rakesh Sehrawat,

a progressive farmer of village Mankdola, whose family has won several awards for agriculture, rues the fact that there is no State insurance scheme for farmers that sufer because of natural calamities. "Farming is a risky business, and also needs high invesment if you

want better productivity. The government should therefore provide some risk cover. The compensation that will be given now is unlikely to cover even the basic cost," says Sehrawat. He takes the Friday Gurgaon team to his large Contd. on p 4

Toxic City city as dirty and untidy is also at a high of 79 and noise and light pollution too are at a high of 74. Given the high pollution indices, the purity and cleanliness of the environment is understandably

low. People are also none too happy with the disposal of garbage or the overall cleanliness of the City. A recent survey of people residing in Gurgaon has shown their high dissatisfaction

in terms of time spent outdoors - including in the City’s parks. Even green areas appear to ofer little solace against the all-pervading haze. According to Deeksha, a non-proit organisation Prakhar PaNDEY

he untimely rains and hailstorm across Haryana and many parts of India (except the South) have dented the conidence of the farming community as well as the State Agriculture department, which was in an upbeat mood after the success of the recent Agri Leadership Summit in Gurgaon. Neither technology nor the State apparatus has any solution to this problem. There has therefore been just the ‘routine’ announcement of compensation to farmers (directly and indirectly - as in waiver of power bills), which however is likely to take months to be paid out, after due ‘assessment.’ The net result of the untimely rainfall is that the wheat and Rabi crop output in the State is likely to fall by 15 to 25 per cent. In Gurgaon district also the production of wheat will go down, particularly in Pataudi block, and mustard

working in the ield of environmental pollution and awareness, ‘the governmental apathy is a cause for concern’. Ms Rupali, a resident of Malibu Towne, is also very upset with how the issue of environmental pollution is being approached. “When a city grows, it is bound to come with attendant woes. But the authorities have to be alert,” she says. She agrees that people have to do their part as well.   Some igures on pollution released by the Centre for Science & Environment (CSE) found a 24-hour average PM 2.5 (ine, respirable Particulate Matter) level to be almost 13 times the national safeguard standard. This is considered a serious threat to health. Being ultra ine, these particles can be easily lodged in human lungs and reduce their capacity over time. These are also linked to cardiac conditions, such as strokes and heart rhythm disorders. Contd. on p 7

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