If you are living in Bandra or travelling by the place for your daily commute, chances are you would be experiencing respiratory ailments such as cold cough and wheezing.
According to the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board's (MPCB) January data, the average concentration of dust or respiratory suspended particulate matter (RSPM) at their Bandra air quality monitoring station was 169.80 microgram/cubic metre (ug/m3). The permissible limit is 100 ug/m3.
In fact on five days in the month, the RSPM levels crossed 200 ug/m3. January 21 was the worst when the RSPM level recorded was 235 ug/m3 followed by January 6 when the RSPM level was 233 ug/m3.
In contrast to Bandra, the Sion air quality monitoring station recorded an average RSPM level of 69.46 ug/m3, which was well within the permissible limits. The highest RSPM level, 114 ug/m3 was recorded on January 20.
Some experts argue that the lack of strong wind during the winter season has resulted in the increase of particulate matter.