Mumbai: Air pollution levels in city worsen with AQI touching 273
Mumbai has been witnessing cloudy skies since the last few days. But, this is not due to any impending rain showers that are about to strike. In fact, the Air Quality Index (AQI) of the city has hit alarmingly low levels
Smog-covered environs in Wadala, Mumbai. Pic/Atul Kamble
Mumbai has been witnessing cloudy skies since the last few days. But, this is not due to any impending rain showers that are about to strike. In fact, the Air Quality Index (AQI) of the city has hit alarmingly low levels.
According to researchers at System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), Mumbai has an overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of 273, which they have rated as quite poor. SAFAR forecasted an AQI of 266 for Friday. The findings are noteworthy in that this makes it the worst air quality that Mumbai has seen thus far.
Alarming figures indeed: AQI at the in Bandra where US Consulate is located recorded at 455. Courtesy: World Air Quality Index team
The World Air Quality Index team, who measure air quality in real time, has recorded the AQI at 455 on their official website in the area where the US Consulate General in Bandra is located. The researchers term this as hazardous. The overall AQI in Bandra is 253 which the team labeled as unhealthy. AQI in NMMC, Airoli was recorded at 148 and 170 in the area where the Pimpleshwar temple is located in Dombivali, Thane, which experts say is unhealthy for sensitive groups.
A source as SAFAR said pollutions levels would continue to be in the poor category till Thursday and weather conditions could improve if there is more sunshine as the heat would reduce moisture and pollution levels.
The IMD has recorded the minimum temperature levels at 19 degrees Celcius and 18 degrees Celcius for Thursday, which is valid up to the next 24 and 48 hours respectively.
IMD officials further predicted that high humidity levels will lead to cloud cover over Mumbai and night temperatures will rise due to the withdrawal of western disturbance over Northern India. This they say is expected to continue till Friday. Humidity recorded at Colaba and Santacruz was 88 per cent and 69 per cent respectively.
Twitter reacts to 'cloudy' Mumbai
Kids play in this smog, people breath it in on the way to work, cops suffer it doing their duty and poor people on the streets suffer with no alternative. Its time to do something #MumbaiAirPollution— Rahul Puri (@rahulpuri) February 8, 2018
Why are we not alarmed. The smog in Mumbai since the last 2-3 days has been crazy. Its worse today, couldn’t even see sealink from the toll properly. pic.twitter.com/WpFJEUGJRP— Rachita Vaid (@RachitaVaid) February 8, 2018
Is anyone else awake to see the amount of SMOG IN MUMBAI???— Vaibhavi Khanwalkar (@vaiitoh) February 8, 2018
hey @Dev_Fadnavis Go ahead and cut down Aarey forests for your Metro project, we're just over here getting lung cancer :)))