To tackle dust pollution issues in Mumbai, BMC has set up a committee headed by Dr Sanjeev Kumar, Additional Municipal Commissioner, after 650 Mumbaikars complained to the Municipal Commissioner and state-appointed administrator Iqbal Singh Chahal a month ago. The city has been experiencing ‘poor’ to ‘very poor’ Air Quality Index (AQI) for over six months.
Currently, over 5,000 projects related to various infrastructure and real estate works are underway in Mumbai. Civic sources have stated that the ongoing construction works are identified to be the primary contributor to the city’s deteriorating AQI since they produce large volumes of dust particles which stay suspended in the lower atmosphere.
Several Bhendi Bazaarians have also complained about dust pollution in our mohalla, which is disturbing to know. As the Bhendi Bazaar redevelopment project is in full swing, dust pollution has increased too. A recent tweet by a resident complaining about the pollution surfaced, showing a high level of dust in the air, but the BMC authorities replied that the project has been approved by the Building Proposal department hence, clarifying the project is not at fault.
So what is causing so much of dust in Bhendi Bazaar after all? One resident of an existing building in our area complained that he parked his bike just for a few hours in the mohalla and returned to find out that it has been showered in dust. Even walking in the streets of Bhendi Bazaar has become inconvenient as dust accompanies the wind.
Who is supposed to be held responsible? As the core purpose of the committee is to identify the immediate causes behind the dust pollution and to develop counter-measures that can be implemented at the earliest, let’s hope the committee formed by BMC will do something fruitful and make our lives easier across Mumbai.
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