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Posted at: Feb 12, 2018, 2:29 AM; last updated: Feb 12, 2018, 2:29 AM (IST)

Dust, smoke blamed for pollution in city

Ajay Joshi

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, February 11

As the city has been rated among the most polluted cities in the state, accounting for more than 200 points in air quality index everyday, a serious concern has arisen here on the parameters that are adulterating the city’s air. There happen to be many reasons for the high ranking in the pollution graph as Jalandhar has left behind other major cities like Ludhiana, Amritsar and Patiala.

Air pollution in the city has reached an alarming level as residents have also started suffering from the consequences of rising pollution. According to Pollution Control Board reports, road dust suspension and vehicular emissions seem to be the foremost causes of polluted atmosphere in the city. Harbir Singh, Senior Environmental Engineer, Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB), said the smoke and dust produced alongside the roads and the reduced area under the green belt are responsible for contaminating the air.

In addition to this, the city has been steadily losing its greenery and is turning into a concrete jungle. The green cover is depleting due to the construction of new buildings and houses. Though the forest department claims that around 8-9 hectares of land in the district have been covered under the greenery belt, the ground reports present a wrong picture. Punish, a Forest Guard said, “The four hectares of land around the Vadala drain and Nehru drain have been planted with trees. Till now around 10-12 hectares of the land have been fully covered with trees”. A grant of more than 25, 000 new plants has also been given.

Surprisingly, Harbir Singh agreed to the fact that the green belt is on a the decline in the city and more number of vehicles are adding to road congestion and vehicular emissions. He said, “The PPCB has made an action plan according to which steps will be taken in coordination with the Public Works Department (PWD) and Municipal Corporation. A notice has also been issued to the forest department to plant more trees,” he said.

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