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Mumbai Breathes Easy: City Sees Cleanest Air In Three Years As Air Quality Index Stabalises At 18

For the first time in three years since Air Quality Index monitoring started in Mumbai, the city recorded the cleanest air with AQI of 18, which is considered well within the ‘good’ limit

Mumbai Breathes Easy: City Sees Cleanest Air In Three Years As Air Quality Index Stabalises At 18

New Delhi: Frequent showers and wind over the weekend in Mumbai dispersed pollution and gave Mumbaikars clean air for the first time in three years on Monday. The city’s Air Quality Index (AQI) – a pollutant measuring indicator – was 18 for PM 2.5 pollutant, which is the small-sized deadly particle that can enter the lungs easily, WAS the lowest ever or the safest to breathe since air quality monitoring began in 2015.

Researchers from the System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), which measures AQI in the city, attributed the lower level of pollution to heavy rain over the weekend and high wind speeds. They said,

Active monsoon conditions over Mumbai, with rain over the weekend, additionally, the winds helped cleansed the air in the city.

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The city’s air on Monday was being touted as much better than the three other Indian cities where SAFAR records air quality – Delhi with an AQI of 121 (moderate), Pune 42 (good), and Ahmedabad 136 (moderate). Moreover, it was also cleaner than major international cities such as New York (AQI of 40), London (38), Paris (32), Sydney (22), Zurich (23), to name a few.

And soon after, a spate of tweets followed by Mumbaikars to celebrate the ‘Clean Air’. Actor and UN Environment Goodwill ambassador Dia Mirza was one of them, she said,

Mumbai experienced the cleanest air in 3 years yesterday! You could literally see it 🙂 #BlueSkies #BreatheLife #MyRightToBreathe #BeatPollution.

Also Read: Mumbai Officials Say They Have Plan To Lose World’s 4th Most Polluted Tag

Apart from Dia there were other people too who reacted to Mumbai’s clean air.

Prior to Monday, the cleanest air the city recorded since 2015, was once on October 12, 2017, when AQI levels fell to 32 (good) and then again this year on June 4, when AQI was 34 (good).

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