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Explained: What does AQI mean and just how bad are Mumbai’s pollution levels?

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Updated on: 02 December,2022 11:10 AM IST  |  Mumbai
Sarasvati T | sarasvati.nagesh@mid-day.com

As air pollution becomes a pressing concern in Delhi, Mumbai and other metropolitan cities, an expert shares insights on the Air Quality Index, particulate matter and other factors affecting the important pollution indicators

Explained: What does AQI mean and just how bad are Mumbai’s pollution levels?

Commuters travelling amid smog conditions as air quality continues to deteriorate in Mumbai. Pic/mid-day photographers


Of the world’s 30 most polluted cities, 22 are in India. Delhi, whose Air Quality Index regularly falls in the “poor” or “very poor” categories, ranks as the most polluted capital city worldwide. Although Mumbai did not figure in that list, released by the Swiss Organisation IQAir in March this year, there have been instances when South Mumbai has recorded similarly alarming AQI levels.


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