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HindustanTimes Sun,28 Dec 2014

Mumbai’s air, water continue to pose a threat to your health

Kunal Purohit , Hindustan Times  Mumbai, July 31, 2013
First Published: 08:40 IST(31/7/2013) | Last Updated: 08:43 IST(31/7/2013)

Living in this city seems to be taking a higher toll on your health every year.

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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) annual environment status report (ESR) for the year 2012-13, shows that levels of pollution in drinking water and coastal water in the city have increased — while noise pollution also remains high.

The air you breathe too, has more than the permissible levels of harmful gasses and particulate matter in many parts of the city, though pollution levels have largely decreased from last year.

The picture painted by the report is the most grim with regard to the quality of water in the city.

From a 4% increase in the samples found unfit for drinking, compared to last year, to an increased presence of faecal colliform, found in human and animal faeces, in water off the coasts, contamination has once again emerged as a serious concern.

In 2011-12, the report found 16% of all water samples to be unfit for consumption, while in 2012-13, the level has risen to 20%.

HT had reported how the civic body had found 21.5% of the total samples collected in June to be contaminated.

The island city’s C ward recorded the most drastic rise in contamination levels, with 45% samples found unfit for drinking this year, compared to 25% last year.

At all the nine sea shores that BMC mapped, a drastic increase was found in coastal water pollution levels.

While the standard faecal colliform amount is 500 per 100ml of water, the water off the Versova beach was found to be contaminated with 1,650 faecal coliform, at least three times the permissible limit.

At Girgaum Chowpatty, this level was 1,455, again nearly three times the limit. Both are popular tourist spots in the city.

This, despite the BMC operating sewage treatment plants at various locations to ensure that the sewage let into the sea doesn’t pollute the water.

The study also found the Aspergillus fungus, found in bird droppings, to be an important causative factor for Asthma.

Noise levels in the city were also on the higher side and found to be flouting the permissible levels blatantly.

Additional municipal commissioner Mohan Adtani could not be reached for comment.


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