Mumbai: Air quality improves in city

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) started taking concrete steps to control this situation

Mumbai: Air quality improves in city

The air quality in Mumbai, which has deteriorated for the last two months, has now improved somewhat. October, November often recorded bad to very bad weather in some areas. In this background, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) started taking concrete steps to control this situation. Meanwhile, Mumbai's air quality seems to have improved at the start of the new year.

The civic body is constantly trying to reduce the pollution in Mumbai. Meanwhile, additional manpower along with equipment has been deployed in Mumbai city to control the dust. Roads and footpaths are being washed with water by the municipality and foggers and anti-smog machines are also being used. As a result, the air quality in Mumbai is improving by reducing the amount of dust. Earlier, 500 to 600 km of roads were washed every day. Now it has been increased to one thousand kilometres every day. Meanwhile, the municipality has hired additional water tankers to complete this work.

Violation of the guidelines announced by the municipality on October 25, 2023 is taking action against the builders. According to these guidelines, all the measures like placing green cloth on all sides of the construction project site, continuous sprinkling of water, complete covering of vehicles carrying construction materials and ban on open burning of garbage are being strictly implemented. Municipal Commissioner Dr. Iqbal Singh Chahal is issuing necessary orders in this regard from time to time. 

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Meanwhile, notices have been issued to 2,995 constructions that are not following these guidelines so far. Also, show cause notices have been issued to 603 constructions and 868 constructions have been stopped. A fine of 2 lakh 10 thousand 800 rupees has been collected from 104 construction sites without tarpaulins. A fine of INR 16.26 lakh was imposed in 284 cases of unauthorised C and D dumping and a fine of INR 31,900 was collected in 70 cases of waste burning.

Improvement in air quality compared to two months

For pollution measurement, 14 centres of Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, 9 centres of Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune and 5 centres of the municipality have been established in Mumbai. Degradation of air quality was observed at these centres on November 1, 2023. Meanwhile, air quality is now improving following the implementation of measures to control air pollution. Air quality improved significantly at the start of the new year with the air quality index in Colaba, Kandivali, Mulund, Sion, and Worli improving by nearly 50 percent.

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