Campaign Partner : Waatavaran

To,
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)

Principal Secretary, Environment Dept - MH

Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB)

Public Works Department 

Demands :

  1. Strict adherence to Construction and Demolition dust mitigation rules

  2. Issue widespread health advisory to citizens on high AQI days.

Road dust makes up 2/3rd of particles in Mumbai’s air

A 2021 study by the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) and the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) showed that road dust now makes up over 71% of the particulate matter in Mumbai’s air as opposed to 28% in 2010. Rapid addition of high-rises and highways in the last decade, is the major cause of for the sudden rise in dust.[1]


All the construction and demolition activities in the city need to follow the guidelines issued by CPCB to mitigate the dust generation. 


This includes sprinkling of water to suppress dust re-suspension, Use of covering sheets ( plastic, tarpaulin etc) on Construction material heaps that are easily airborne,Covering debris that are dumped at temporary storage sites, The adequate covering on construction works, particularly side-facing residential areas. 

But these guidelines are not being followed in the city even when AQI levels are reaching a very poor category. This has worsened the city's Air Quality Index. December saw a heavy rise in AQI numbers. 

The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) released an advisory to stop outdoor activity early in the morning and after sunset, avoiding prolonged or heavy exertion, and taking short walks instead of jogging. [2] Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) as well as other organizations monitoring the Air Quality in Mumbai had alerted the municipal corporations about an episode wherein air pollution levels would increase. But most of these alarms went unnoticed. [3]

There is constant news coverage about increasing Cases of respiratory disorders in the city.[4] Air Pollution in Mumbai has become a health emergency now. BMC must take immediate steps to address the pollution and its effects on the health of Mumbaikars.

Sources :

[1] Road dust makes up 2/3rds of particles in Mumbai Air - The Times of India

[2] Air Quality Worsens AQI - Free Press Journal

[3] MPCB Warnings Unnoticed - Free Press Journal 

[4] Respiratory Disorders On The Rise - Mid Day 

Campaign Partner : Waatavaran

To,
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)

Principal Secretary, Environment Dept - MH

Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB)

Public Works Department 

Demands :

  1. Strict adherence to Construction and Demolition dust mitigation rules

  2. Issue widespread health advisory to citizens on high AQI days.

Road dust makes up 2/3rd of particles in Mumbai’s air

A 2021 study by the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) and the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) showed that road dust now makes up over 71% of the particulate matter in Mumbai’s air as opposed to 28% in 2010. Rapid addition of high-rises and highways in the last decade, is the major cause of for the sudden rise in dust.[1]


All the construction and demolition activities in the city need to follow the guidelines issued by CPCB to mitigate the dust generation. 


This includes sprinkling of water to suppress dust re-suspension, Use of covering sheets ( plastic, tarpaulin etc) on Construction material heaps that are easily airborne,Covering debris that are dumped at temporary storage sites, The adequate covering on construction works, particularly side-facing residential areas. 

But these guidelines are not being followed in the city even when AQI levels are reaching a very poor category. This has worsened the city's Air Quality Index. December saw a heavy rise in AQI numbers. 

The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) released an advisory to stop outdoor activity early in the morning and after sunset, avoiding prolonged or heavy exertion, and taking short walks instead of jogging. [2] Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) as well as other organizations monitoring the Air Quality in Mumbai had alerted the municipal corporations about an episode wherein air pollution levels would increase. But most of these alarms went unnoticed. [3]

There is constant news coverage about increasing Cases of respiratory disorders in the city.[4] Air Pollution in Mumbai has become a health emergency now. BMC must take immediate steps to address the pollution and its effects on the health of Mumbaikars.

Sources :

[1] Road dust makes up 2/3rds of particles in Mumbai Air - The Times of India

[2] Air Quality Worsens AQI - Free Press Journal

[3] MPCB Warnings Unnoticed - Free Press Journal 

[4] Respiratory Disorders On The Rise - Mid Day 

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