Mumbai’s gearing up for Diwali, but there’s a shadow amidst the sparkle. Post-monsoon, a smoggy blanket is becoming our new normal. Rohit Sharma, our cricket champ, noticed too, sharing on Instagram, “Mumbai, yeh kya ho gaya?” The city where he played as a kid looks different. And it’s not just about the view; our lungs are feeling it. Every year, post-monsoon, we’re breathing harder. Mumbai’s spirit is unmatched, but we need to rally for cleaner air. Hopefully, we won’t make smog our tradition.
Now, let’s get into the nitty-gritty. Post-monsoon, our city’s Air Quality Index (AQI) has been on a bit of a rollercoaster, mostly heading downwards. We’re seeing more days with ‘poor’ and ‘very poor’ air quality. Remember those clear days with ‘moderate’ AQI? They’re becoming rare.
Rohit’s post is like a wake-up call, but the alarm bells have been ringing for a while. Just a few weeks back, Vile Parle’s AQI shot up to a worrying 411. Andheri and Mazgaon weren’t faring much better. But here’s the kicker: despite these numbers, our civic body, the BMC, hasn’t been quick to give us the health heads-up we need.
Back in February, the BMC had this plan to roll out health advisories. The idea was simple: keep Mumbaikars informed and safe when the air gets rough. But we’re still waiting. Sudhakar Shinde from the BMC mentioned they’re still figuring things out and want to chat with health pros before releasing anything.
Speaking of health, let’s talk about what this air situation means for our lungs. Breathing in these tiny PM 2.5 particles in the air? It’s like puffing on 5-6 cigarettes a day. Dr. Lancelot Pinto broke it down for us: the risks from this bad air are pretty much on par with smoking. So, think masks, maybe limit that jog in the park, and definitely keep an eye on that AQI.
The good news? The Bombay High Court is stepping in. They’re asking the big players – BMC, MPCB, and CPCB – about their game plan to tackle this air issue. It’s a sign that at least some are taking this seriously and that could propel change.