- Date : 09/11/2023
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How to read AQI rating, which Mumbai localities have their AQI turning red and if it will affect the city’s real estate. Find out here.
While Delhi remains the crown prince among polluted cities in India, air quality in Mumbai is getting too. Traffic and construction activity is seen as the primary cause of worsening air quality in the city.
If you are planning to rent or buy a home in Mumbai, you must have a look at the air pollution level in the area.
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation is issuing strict construction guidelines to curb pollution
Metro construction and traffic jams are also raising the pollution level in Mumbai
BKC, Chembur and Mazgaon are among the worst-hit areas
How Much Pollution Is Too Much?
The Air Quality Index (AQI) levels are widely referred to for checking the pollution in an area.
An AQI of up to 50 is considered to be good
50 to 100 is considered moderate and acceptable
100 to 150 is unhealthy for specific groups, while 150 to 200 is unhealthy for everyone
200 to 300 is very unhealthy while anything above 300 is considered hazardous.
Many places in Mumbai fall in the 150 to 200 level, i.e., unhealthy for everyone. Most of Delhi scores over 350-400 during high pollution spells.
Areas With Poor Air Quality
Mumbai areas often mentioned for poor air quality include:
Bandra Kurla Complex – The expensive commercial district sees a lot of construction and traffic jams. Other areas adjoining BKC include Kalanagar and Maharashtra Nagar.
Chembur – A popular residential area for those seeking access to Navi Mumbai and Panvel, AQI in Chembur is also among the poorest in Mumbai. Affected areas in the vicinity include Mankhurd and Govandi.
Andheri – Another region facing widespread construction and traffic issues, Andheri is home to many commercial and industrial establishments. It is also a popular residential area with quick access to the city’s airport.
Mazgaon – Situated on the eastern waterfront in South Mumbai, the refineries and shipping movements in the area pollute Mazgaon. Nevertheless, it remains one of the most affordable areas in South Mumbai.
Malad – Malad is witnessing Metro construction and traffic jams, that are making its air quality poorer. The area has a strong commercial and retail presence.
Planning To Relocate?
Air pollution is a new phenomenon in Mumbai and the real estate market is yet to react to it with any pricing changes. Therefore, it may be too early to expect a pollution discount in these places.
Prolonged exposure to air pollution can lead to health problems, particularly respiratory issues like asthma. Children and senior citizens are particularly vulnerable to these problems. Home buyers and tenants will have to consider the air quality and balance it with other priorities like distance to the workplace, water-logging situation, civic amenities, etc.
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