Mumbaikars held a protest march on Wednesday in lieu of the Deonar dumping ground issue. The air quality in Mumbai continued to remain in the “very poor” category for the sixth consecutive day since the Deonar fire broke out.
More than 500 citizens wearing black clothes and pollution masks as a sign of protest, held A three-hour-long demonstration demanding answers as to why the fire that started last Wednesday t had not been doused yet.
The protesters began the march from Panjrapole at 8.30am and and went up till Chembur naka.
The protest that began from the Chhatrapati Shivaji statue at Deonar to Ambedkar Garden in Chembur . Citizens were seen carrying posters highlighting the problem of uncontrolled dumping and the thick smog persisting across the eastern suburbs in Mumbai.
For the sixth day in a row the air quality index (AQI) - pollution measuring indicator continued to fall under the ‘very poor’ red category at 307. The System for Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) that monitors air quality at 10 locations in the city observed ‘very poor’ air quality at five out of the 10 locations with Chembur being the most polluted at a whopping 372. AQI levels had gone up to as high as 341 for Mumbai two days after the fire began at Deonar last week.
“The main source of pollutant particles released from biomass combustion has not stopped and this has continued to deplete Mumbai’s air quality. Before the first batch of pollutants can be completely dispersed, 10 times the amount is again released from the landfill. Meteorological conditions too have not favoured the problem as he winds are calm, suspending pollutants closer to earth’s surface,” Gufran Beig, project director, SAFAR.
For the last six days, a health alert has been triggered and Mumbaiites have been asked to use pollution masks under a health advisory by SAFAR.
Doctors pointed out that the number of cases related to lung and heart ailments have skyrocketed since last Wednesday. “The Intensive Care unit at most hospitals in the area are flooded with patients suffering from the harmful effects of breathing this toxic air and the authorities might be trying their best but its not enough,” said Dr Sandeep Rane, cardiologist and Chembur resident.