Friday was city’s least polluted in 2016; expect relief today too
MUMBAI: The city woke up on Friday to its least polluted day so far in 2016 as the air quality index (AQI) dipped to 116, which falls under the ‘moderate’ category. It was slightly higher at 137 during the evening, but still ‘moderate’. An AQI reading of 100 or below falls under the ‘good’ cate gory. Before Friday, the lowest AQI recoded in the city this year was 128 on last Monday.
While Chembur, which was the worst hit during the fire at the Deonar dump- ing ground, recorded an AQI of 92, Colaba and Worli, too, fell under the ‘good’ category.
Researchers from the System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research ( SAFAR), which records the AQI levels, said high- speed winds had dispersed pollutants. “Wind speed measuring 13km an hour to 20km an hour was observed across Mumbai between Thursday and Friday... This helped disperse the pollutants,” said Neha Parkhi, senior programme manager, SAFAR.
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