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Civic body wants to make city dust-free

The civic body is on a mission to liberate the city from dust.

mumbai Updated: Feb 15, 2011 01:38 IST
HT Correspondent

The civic body is on a mission to liberate the city from dust.

The high dust content in the city has led to an alarming increase in respiratory ailments such as asthma, allergy and tuberculosis. Hence, civic standing committee chairman, Rahul Shewale, has proposed to implement ‘Dust Free Mumbai’ drive.

“The issue has been discussed with the additional municipal commissioner (health) and she has agreed to execute it in the next financial year. A token amount of Rs1 crore will also be set aside in the civic budget for the drive,” said Shewale

While refusing to divulge any details, Manisha Mhaiskar, additional municipal commissioner, said, “We have discussed the issue. Constant exposure to dust and pollution certainly has implications on health.”

Sources from the health department said the civic administration had agreed to go ahead with the plan.

“Dust particles in the air cause respiratory ailments, especially in children,” said a doctor from the civic body-run KEM Hospital, Parel.

In September 2010, the Hindustan Times had reported about a comprehensive annual environment report prepared by compiling data from various agencies such as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, the state and Central governments, the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, and the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute.

The report attributed the phenomenon due to the construction boom in the city and the rapid industrialisation among other factors.

Also emissions from bakeries, hotels, stone crushers, etc, cause respiratory ailments to spread rampantly.

“We need to amend the law to control dust from construction sites,’ said Shewale.

A committee will be set up under a senior doctor from the civic administration. It will study and suggest how to implement the programme. “The solid waste management department will be handling the cleaning part while the road department will wash roads with borewell water, so that dust particles settle down,” said Shewale.

The data of ambient air quality is recorded at six air-monitoring stations of the civic body that are based in Worli, Andheri, Khar, Bhandup, Borivili and Maravli.