Smog en­gulfs Mum­bai, pol­lu­tion rises

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Badri Chat­ter­jee­ter­jee@hin­dus­tan­

The city woke up to a smoggy morn­ing on Thurs­day, with the weather con­di­tions and a fire at the Deonar dump­ing ground lead­ing to rise in the pol­lu­tion lev­els.

Of­fi­cials from the Sys­tem of Air Qual­ity Weather Fore­cast­ing and Re­search (SAFAR) said most lo­ca­tions in Mum­bai saw a rise in the air qual­ity in­dex (AQI) — a pol­lu­tion mea­sur­ing in­di­ca­tor — with read­ings in ‘poor’ and ‘very poor’ cat­e­gories. Over­all, Mum­bai recorded ‘poor’ AQI lev­els of 206.

“We ob­served a 40% rise in pol­lu­tion lev­els in Mum­bai from Mon­day. The cur­rent pol­lu­tion lev­els were trig­gered by a drop in tem­per­a­tures and rise in mois­ture lev­els and the sit­u­a­tion is ex­pected to be the same for an­other two days,” said Gufran Beig, pro­ject di­rec­tor, SAFAR. Mum­bai’s air qual­ity is ex­pected to be ‘poor’, with a pre­dicted AQI of 216.

Weather­men con­firmed that there was thick smog across the city. “Vis­i­bil­ity dropped across the city on Thurs­day morn­ing ow­ing to changes in wind pat­terns, which brought in warm and moist air from the Ara­bian Sea. The height­ened level of mois­ture with smaller par­ti­cles in the at­mos­phere closer to the sur­face of the earth cre­ated a thick dust-laden layer across Mum­bai’s hori­zon,” said Ajay Ku­mar, sci­en­tific of­fi­cer, In­dia Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Depart­ment (IMD). “The ef­fect should sub­side over the week­end.”



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