This Diwali, pollution in city may be worse than last year
MUMBAI: Expect high pollution levels in the city over the next four days, much more than last Diwali, said researchers from the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) on Friday.
According to SAFAR, the air quality index (AQI) — pollutant measuring indicator — is expected to be as high as 334, falling under the ‘very poor’ category a day after Diwali this year, as compared to 313 recorded a day after Diwali last year, which was one of the most polluted days in Mumbai in 2015.
“People with existing heart or lung diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart disease or ischemic heart disease should avoidprolongedorheavyexertion. Everyone else should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion,” read a health impact statement issued by SAFARonthebasisof theirforecast.
A Lalbaug resident kick-starts his Diwali celebrations on Friday.