Sahar resident, Abdul Mohammed, 84, died on Thursday from multiple organ failure. Mohammed’s family has alleged that the concrete dust from a cement mixer used for the airport’s ongoing runway repairs, accelerated his death.
“The air pollution in the area worsened his breathing trouble,” claimed Makdoom Shah, Mohammed’s brother-in-law. Dr Abhishek Bhargav, a consultant physician with Sujay Hospital in Juhu, who treated Mohammed, said dust and pollution can aggravate the illness of a person with weak lungs.
BB Wade, regional director, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), said on Thursday, the board was in the process of issuing a show cause notice to Mumbai International Airport Limited for an explanation on the pollution.
Last week, Sahar residents complained to the government about breathing problems and skin infections due to the pollution. On January 4, the family of Sahar resident, Karim Khan, 82, claimed pollution had aggravated his asthma.
An MIAL spokesperson said it had obtained a no-objection certificate from MPCB to use the cement mixer.