Air pol­lu­tion wor­ries Mum­bai­ites the most: Sur­vey

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Sne­hal Fer­nan­des sne­hal.fer­nan­des@hin­dus­tan­

When it comes to the en­vi­ron­ment, what wor­ries Mum­bai­ites most is air pol­lu­tion.

Next on their list of con­cerns is the man­age­ment of solid waste and sewage, ex­treme heat and the need for parks and open spa­ces.

These are is­sues very high on the pri­or­ity list of more than 1,200 city house­holds across var­i­ous so­cioe­co­nomic brack­ets sur­veyed by Ur­ban Fu­tures at the US-based Na­tional Cen­ter for At­mo­spheric Re­search and the In­dian In­sti­tute of Trop­i­cal Me­te­o­rol­ogy (IITM), Pune.

Ac­cord­ing to the sur­vey, air pol­lu­tion was the top con­cern with 55.3% of fam­i­lies say­ing it was a worry, fol­lowed by waste and sewage man­age­ment (51.3%), ex­treme heat (34%) and parks and open spa­ces (23.9%).

“Many cities world­wide seek to un­der­stand lo­cal pol­icy pri­or­i­ties among their gen­eral pop­u­la­tion. In a rapidly ur­ban­is­ing city such as Mum­bai, mul­ti­ple is­sues com­pete for promi­nence, rang­ing from im­proved man­age­ment of pol­lu­tion and ex­treme weather to en­ergy and other in­fras­truc­ture ser­vices,” said Gufran Beig, IITM.



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