Thanks to the Lockdown, the air quality in Maharashtra improves


Thanks to the Lockdown, the air quality in Maharashtra improves
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Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, a nationwide lockdown is in place which was announced on March 24. Since the lockdown, everyone other than people working in essential services have been directed to stay at home. What comes as a silver lining to the lockdown, is that the air quality of Maharashtra has improved a lot since the announcement was made.

Major cities across the state that suffered from bad air quality have recorded an improvement in their air quality. This includes Mumbai, Pune, Thane, Chandrapur, Solapur, Nagpur.

The most difference in the air quality before and after the lockdown was witnessed in Pune and Thane. The air quality index shifted from medium to good. However, Airoli was the only area in the list whose air quality deteriorated in the abovementioned time span.

Here is the entire list of the areas and the difference in their air quality:

Area
 Air Quality on April 1
Air Quality before a month

                              Quality Index


Chandrapur6293Satisfactory
Mumbai, Colaba69100Satisfactory
Mumbai Santacruz54149Satisfactory
Nagpur7173Satisfactory
Nashik6787Satisfactory
Navi Mumbai, Neral101147Medium
Airoli10194Satisfactory
Pune49100Good
Solapur6180Satisfactory
Thane41110Good

The figures were shared by the Pollution Control Board (PCB). With no cars on the roads of the state and the majority of industrial work being temporarily shut has led to cleaner, fresher air.

Earlier, Mumbai had scored 99 on the air quality index (AQI) on March 24. A figure between 50-100 is considered satisfactory. Within Mumbai, the area of Bandra Kurla Complex saw the lowest AQI of 65 among all the cities in the state. 

Go back around two months to January and you’ll find reports about how Mumbai’s air quality is getting worse with each passing day. While that’s no longer the case, one can hope that this serves as an inspiration to better our environment in the coming years. Pollution has been a major concern in metropolitan cities due to the heavy influx of private vehicles. 

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