Pol­lu­tant par­ti­cles near Deonar were 8 times more than per­mis­si­ble limit

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Badri Chat­ter­jee badri.chat­ter­jee@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The con­cen­tra­tion of sus­pended pol­lu­tants, which can be in­haled in to the body, was nearly eight times the per­mis­si­ble lim­its dur­ing the morn­ings last week in res­i­den­tial ar­eas close to the Deonar dump­ing ground.Hourly data from the Chem­bur air mon­i­tor­ing sta­tion set up by the Sys­tem of Air Qual­ity Weather Fore­cast­ing and Re­search (SAFAR) re­vealed that of lev­els of PM10 — air-borne par­tic­u­late mat­ter mea­sur­ing less than 10 mi­crons — were as high as 788ug/m3 as against a safety limit of 100ug/m3 be­tween 8am and 9am; and 718 ug/m3 be­tween 7am and 8am on Jan­uary 29, two days af­ter thick smog was re­leased from the fire at the dump­ing ground.

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