No Sigh of Relief! Mumbai's Mazgaon's air quality worse than Delhi

No Sigh of Relief! Mumbai's Mazgaon's air quality worse than Delhi

In what can be called a major concern for Mumbaikars, the air quality of Mazgaon was worse than that of Delhi. On Thursday, March 5, Mazgaon recorded an Air Quality Index (AQI) of 452 Particulate Matter (PM).

The AQI was calculated on the evening of March 5 by the Indian Institute of Tropical Metrology (IITM). The air quality was reported as 'very poor'. The institute had installed equipment to measure air quality at ten spots across the city. This included Colaba, Worli, Mazgaon, BKC, Andheri, Malad, Borivali, Bhandup, Chembur, Navi Mumbai. The study helped IITM to learn about the Particulate Matter in these places.

The increase in pollution is being attributed to the increase in the number of construction sites, along with a substantial increase in the number of vehicles on roads. On the other hand, the value of PM2.5 pollutants in the air on Monday morning was 103, which falls under the Moderate category.

The last few days have been exceptionally hot for Mumbaikars. In the month of February, the maximum temperature recorded had touched 38 degree Celsius. Even in the month of March, there have been instances when the maximum temperature recorded has been above 30 degrees Celcius.

After the long monsoon and a delayed winter, people were hoping for a pleasant Feb and March but so far it has been painstakingly hot. Hopefully, with the pleasant breeze that is blowing it will become a little easier to bear.

In other news,  a study report released by McKinsey India stated that the city will witness a 25 per cent increase in the intensity of flash floods. Moreover, it is said that the sea level will increase by 0.5m and these changes would affect millions of Mumbaikars living along the coastline of the city.

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