"While the district administration and the pollution control department claim that effective steps like closing down of polluting industries and imposition of fines are being taken on a regular basis, there are hundreds of illegal polluting industries operating out of the district.
"Construction waste and dust release pollutants, including PM2.5, in the air, taking a toll on the city's air quality.
While PM10 levels are on a rise, PM 2.5 is rising because of increasing vehicular pressure and population density," an UPPCB official said.
Despite their best efforts, authorities have not been able to clamp down on erring developers," said Raghav.As compared with Ghaziabad, neighbouring Noida figured lower on the PM2.5 parameter and was ranked as the sixth-most polluted city.
"GRAP was implemented in Noida for most parts of last year.
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