The Haryana Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) has disputed the recent report of the World Health Organisation (WHO) stating that Faridabad is at second place in the list of most polluted cities in the world.
"As per the details available with the Board, the PM 2.5 value of both the cities are being monitored regularly since 2013. These values increase above 170 only during a brief season, that is during a few days around Diwali, crop harvesting season during which residue burning is reported and peak winter.
"The report also claims city like Srinagar as polluted, which raises suspicions on the source of the data. Even Patiala's air pollution level has been placed quite high based on PM 2.5 values recorded from 2010 to 2016, and Punjab too claims, it never monitored the 2.5 values and the sources are not known to its own Pollution Control Board," Goel said.
"Faridabad is affected mostly due to the pollution in neighbouring Delhi. Its own sources include mainly vehicles and construction dust and Delhi's pollution is considerably high with additional sources from municipal solid waste burning going on almost continuously as witnessed during the past years.
"Delhi's pollution level has always remained higher than these two cities as indicated by our reports. Now, placing Faridabad above Delhi is not even logical," he added.
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