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Air quality of Mumbai worse than that of Delhi, suggests scientific data
We have heard a lot about pollution in Delhi, but on Monday, Mumbai's air's quality was almost three times worse than Delhi's and this is backed by scientific data.

According to data of System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), the air quality index (AQI) in Mumbai was 312, while Delhi recorded an overall AQI of 105.

The data collected by SAFAR shows that Bhandup, Chembur, Malad and Mazgaon were the worst affected areas in the city. While Mazgaon reported the highest air pollution with an AQI of 358, Malad recorded 324 and Bhandup recorded 333. The lowest score was that of Borivali at 247.

One of the major reasons for a sudden spike in pollution levels in Mumbai is believed to be the bonfires that were burnt across the city as a part of the Holi celebrations.

The air in the city Monday was categorised as 'very poor' as AQI levels between 301-400 fall under the 'very poor' category. AQI record of 201-300 is considered to be under the 'poor' category. Both the 'poor' and 'very poor' categories indicate a health risk for people sensitive to air pollution especially those who are suffering from breathing problems or lungs-related diseases.

The lead pollutant that was recorded was particulate matter (PM) 2.5 – found twice more than what is considered as the safe limit. These are small pollutant particles that can enter the lungs.

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