Fri­day was city’s least pol­luted in 2016; ex­pect re­lief to­day too

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

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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