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Mumbai’s air quality index getting worse than smog-filled Delhi

The air quality in Mumbai is getting extremely bad.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Mumbai: Till now Delhi’s condition was very bad due to pollution, but now Mumbai is also seen struggling with this problem. Due to pollution, people are facing problems in Mumbai. The condition of Mumbai is also becoming like that of Delhi. The air quality in India’s financial capital Mumbai has been ‘very poor’ in recent times.

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This usually happens in the national capital Delhi, which grabs headlines for dangerous levels of air pollution during the winter months. According to a BBC report, Mumbai (which has a vast coastline and is considered to have better air quality) has beaten Delhi’s pollution levels several times this week.

Mumbai has joined the growing list of Indian cities with bad air. Experts say that rapid construction, adverse weather conditions and increased pollution from vehicular emissions are some of the factors responsible for the deteriorating air quality. According to government data, the PM 2.5 level (microscopic particles that can clog lungs and cause many diseases) in the city at 8.30 am on Friday was 308, while it was 259 in Delhi, according to a BBC report.

A level between 200 and 300 is considered poor and any reading between 300 and 400 is classified as very poor. Several Indian cities including Delhi, Kolkata, Kanpur and Patna often report PM 2.5 levels well above the safe limit.

According to the Air Quality Index, or AQI, a figure between 0 and 50 is considered “good”, and a figure between 51 and 100 is “satisfactory”. Meanwhile, local hospitals in Mumbai have reported an increase in the number of people coming in with difficulty breathing and other ailments related to poor air quality, the BBC reported.

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Doctors have advised people to wear masks and avoid stepping out if not necessary. Mumbai’s civic authorities say they are taking immediate steps to improve the air quality. The poor air quality in Indian cities was causing serious health problems for the people. The BBC reported that a Lancet study suggested that pollution caused more than 2.3 million premature deaths in India in 2019.

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