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 4 major cities in list of most polluted

 
Ashish Chauhan | TNN | May 9, 2016, 07.14 AM IST
 
Ahmedabad: Our craze for diesel vehicles, especially in case of public transport, construction activities and unregulated fumes emanating from smouldering garbage sites and industrial clusters surrounding Gujarat cities is turning our air foul.

With increasing concentration of particulate matter of size--2.5 (PM2.5) microns to (PM10) microns-- in size remaining suspended in our air, the four major Gujarat cities Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Vadodara and Surat figure among most polluted cities in the country.

The recent ambient air quality figures released by ministry of environment and forest to the Rajya Sabha last month claimed that yearly average of particulate (PM10) concentration in Ahmedabad (particulate matter of size 10 micrometres), in 2015, remained much above the safe limit of 60 microgram per cubic metre.
 
Ahmedabad ranked as the 30th most polluted city in India after recording 86 microgram per cubic metre of PM10 pollution in 2015, a marginal rise from 85 microgram per cubic metre in 2014.
 
Besides, other two major cities, Vadodara and Surat, both have the rank of 29th most-polluted city in the country having recorded PM 10 levels of 89 micrograms per cubic metre.
 
Vadodara, with industrial units surrounding the city, has registered a 2% rise in PM10 in 2015, with 89 micrograms per cubic metre in 2015 and 87 PM10 in 2014. Surat has registered 89 PM10 in both the years 2014 and 2015.Rajkot recorded a rise in PM10 pollutants with 83 PM10 in 2015 from 82 PM10 in 2014.
 
 
SOURCE: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/4-major-cities-in-list-of-most-polluted/articleshow/52181451.cms