BKC records highest pollution level as air quality worsens in Mumbai

Of 10 locations monitored by System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), BKC recorded highest pollution level while Chembur recorded cleanest air

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On Monday morning, Mumbaikars experienced a haze cover as air pollution levels in the city deteriorated. Meanwhile, System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) recorded an overall air quality of 142 which worsened to 177 by Monday evening. 

An AQI between 101 and 200 is considered moderate and may be a health concern only for people who are sensitive to air pollution. Among the 10 locations monitored by SAFAR, the highest pollution level of 309 (very poor) was recorded at Bandra Kurla Complex. Chembur had the cleanest air with an AQI of 84 (satisfactory).

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Gufran Beig, Project Director, SAFAR, said that the pollution levels are usually high in the morning and clear out by evening. However, being a coastal city, wind speeds and patterns fluctuate in Mumbai. On Monday, the winds had some speed in the morning, but it became calm in the afternoon and the air quality index went up a few points.

Until September 28, the city's air quality was under 100. Beig said that temperatures are slightly declining due to winter and will dip further, hence the air quality will depend on wind speeds. 

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