Pollution rises in city even pre-Diwali Army destroys four Pak posts across LoC in massive assault
Seven out of 10 locations in Mumbai recorded high pollution levels a day before Diwali on Saturday. While Navi Mumbai was the most polluted on the outskirts of Mumbai, with an air quality index (AQI) — pollutant measuring indicator — of 309 (‘very poor’ category), areas such as Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC), Andheri, Mazgaon, Malad, Worli, Chembur and Borivli recorded ‘poor’ AQI levels.
AQI levels between 201 and 300 fall under the ‘poor’ category and 301 and 400 under ‘very poor’, indicating a health risk for people sensitive to air pollution.
On Friday, the System for Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) predicted that the city is expected to record an AQI as high as 334 a day after Diwali, as compared to 313 recorded a day after Diwali in 2015, which was one of the most polluted days in Mumbai last year.
The city also surpassed the air quality predicted by SAFAR for Saturday. Mumbai recorded an AQI of 245 during the day and it increased to 253 by evening, both falling under the ‘poor’ category.
Researchers from SAFAR said there was going to be no change in the forecast for Diwali and subsequent days from Friday.
The Army said on Saturday it destroyed four Pakistani posts in a “massive” assault across the Line of Control in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, ratcheting up hostilities with the neighbour a day after an Indian soldier’s body was mutilated by militants.
“Four Pakistani posts have been destroyed in a massive fire assault in Keran sector,” an army official said.
Heavy casualties have been inflicted on the Pakistani side, he said, without giving further details.
The Indian strike is seen as a retaliation to ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops in the Keran sector earlier in the day, in which one BSF jawan and a civilian Union minister Jitendra Singh (left) offering sweets to BSF jawans during a visit to the border village of Rapura, J&K, on Saturday.
woman were injured.
The de-facto border with Pakistan has remained tense since a militant attack on an army camp at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir in September left 19 soldiers dead. India
retaliated by carrying out what the government termed “surgical strikes” across the LoC and destroyed several militant launch pads in Pakistanoccupied Kashmir.