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Gurgaon: 3rd most polluted city on New Year
Fireworks burst by New Year's Eve revellers pushed Gurgaon up the charts to the third most polluted city in India, as air quality index (AQI) hit 367, which is considered `very poor'.
According to data provided by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), on the first day of the year, Gurgaon's 24-hour average AQI was 367 on January 1, behind Agra with AQI at 402 (severe) and Faridabad at 379 (very poor).
In comparison, Delhi's AQI was 344 -also `very poor' -but better than Millennium City . Other cities that recorded `very poor' air quality were Kanpur, Lucknow, Muzaffarpur and Varanasi.
On Sunday morning, 24hour concentration of PM2.5 also remained high. The city woke up to a foggy and polluted morning, with 24-hour average PM2.5 at 270.65 micrograms per cubic metre (g m3) at 6am, 27% more than the previous day , which stood at 213.77gm3.