Air Quality Index: Mumbai rated worse than Delhi

Mumbai: The air pollution in Mumbai managed to reach levels as bad as Delhi.

According to the System for Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), the Air Quality Index for the city on Monday morning was 308 and reduced 304 by evening.

However, the AQI for Delhi, was pegged at 208 in the morning, and it improved to 169 in the evening.

In Mumbai, among the most polluted were Chembur (363), which is close to Deonar, Andheri (355).

According to SAFAR, it was the most polluted day in Mumbai since the organisation began in June 2015. Mumbai had hit an AQ of 313 on November 12, a day after Diwali. The air pollution on New Year's eve was 300.

Experts have said that the high pollution levels could be due to the fire in the Deonar dumping ground, which is yet to be doused completely.

On Monday, BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta also visited the Deonar ground along with officials from the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) and found the yard sorely lacking roads, which had severely hindered the firefighting operation as well.

Health experts have warned that the prolonged exposure to the present situation can result in respiratory illness.

In Mumbai, 100-200 is considered the normal range of air pollution.