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Mumbai air quality worsens; Western Expressway most polluted

Amidst the southwestern monsoons exiting the city, Mumbai’s overall air quality index worsens due to overcrowding on the expressways.

Mumbai air quality worsens; Western Expressway most polluted
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As a result of the coronavirus-induced lockdown, people took to the streets with their private cars or two-wheelers as a consequence of the suburban railways ferrying only the people engaged in essential services.

This has given birth to the issue of air pollution which has increased significantly since the lockdown norms were relaxed. Currently, the Western Expressway is the busiest highway in Maharashtra. Several people travelling on the expressway have reported hazy skies due to high humidity levels and smoke. Moreover, as the southwestern monsoons exit the city, Mumbai’s overall air quality index (AQI) on Wednesday, October 28, was 125, the highest since the lockdown began in March.

In the past, the highest AQI of 121 since March was recorded on October 13. As temperatures dip and rains stop, AQI witnesses an increase. Of 10 spots monitored by Safar, Bandra Kurla Complex was the most polluted with an AQI of 305. which is ‘very poor’. At an AQI of 38, Worli had the cleanest air.

According to the Apex Hospital Group in Borivali, the people living in Andheri to Dahisar areas are experiencing an increase in traffic congestion as well as changing weather conditions. As per reports, pregnant women, children and the elderly are said to be the most affected.

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