MUMBAI: With vehicular traffic down to a trickle due to the lockdown, air pollution levels continue to remain in check. According to System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), Mumbai’s overall Air Quality Index (AQI) recorded on Tuesday morning was 99. An AQI between 51 and 100 is considered to be satisfactory and does no harm to one’s health.
The concentration of PM 2.5 (Particulate matter measuring lesser than 2.5 microns) was 57 microgrammes per cubic metre (g/m³) on Monday. The WHO 24 hour average safe limits of PM 2.5 is 60 ug/m³.
Among the 10 locations monitored by SAFAR, the least polluted air was recorded at Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) with an AQI of 65. BKC is usually one of the most polluted locations. On Tuesday, the most polluted location was Mazgaon and Navi Mumbai with AQIs of 186 and 182 respectively. TNN
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