Ahead of the National Pollution Control Day, air quality in Mumbai & Navi Mumbai deteriorates

A report revealed that the real-time overall air quality of Mumbai at 10:00 am docked in at 181, thus surpassing Gurugram's real-time AQI at 10:00 am of 162

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As Delhi, National Capital Region (NCR) and surrounding North Indian states continue to relentlessly deal with rising air pollution levels, the air quality levels in Mumbai along with Thane and Navi Mumbai has taken a beating.  The Air quality in Mumbai and Thane dropped to "unhealthy" levels on Sunday. Mumbaikars were welcomed by a blanket of smog wrapping the city's skyline.

The real-time overall air quality of Mumbai at 10:00 am docked in at 181, thus surpassing Gurugram's real-time AQI at 10:00 am of 162. The pollutant levels in Mumbai of PM 2.5 (particulate matter) was 114, which has been considered very unhealthy.

According to Central Pollution Control Board's (CPCB) AQI bulletin for Saturday till 4:00 pm, Gurugram recorded an AQI of 78 which falls under 'satisfactory' category, but Mumbai recorded AQI of 190 which comes under 'moderate' category.

AQI parameters

  • An AQI between 0-50 is considered "good"
  • An AQI between 51-100 "satisfactory"
  • An AQI between 101-200 "moderate"
  • An AQI between 201-300 "poor"
  • An AQI between 301-400 "very poor"
  • An AQI between 401-500 "severe"
  • An AQI above 500 is "severe-plus or emergency" category

On Sunday, by 10:00 am, the AQI of suburban area in Bandra was 167, Borivali 159, Vile Parle 179, and Powai 183. Meanwhile, the city fell in 'unhealthy' air quality category with Colaba recording an AQI of 193, Kurla 184, Sion 176, Worli 188, according to real-time air quality application 'Air Matters'.

On the other hand, Navi Mumbai faced 'unhealthy' levels of pollution with an overall AQI of 186. The only area with satisfactory air quality was Thane, as it docked an overall AQI of 107, which was relatively better than the rest of Mumbai.

Interestingly, Mumbai this year has recorded its 'cleanest Diwali air' in five years. Owing to the awareness about noise and air pollution, Mumbaikars also celebrated their quietest Diwali in 15 years

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