Respiratory ailments skulk in the air that Thane breathes. Data submitted by the Thane Municipal Corporation to the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board indicates that the level of harmful air pollutants has jumped drastically over the past three years. A study carried out on the air quality at 10 locations across Thane including Majiwada, Kolshet, Kalva, Vartak Nagar, Mumbra, Pokhran Road and Kopri Gaondevi Temple has given enough cause for concern. The air quality index in Thane that takes into account the concentration of sulphur oxide, nitrogen oxide, ammonia, hydrogen sulphide and suspended particulate matter has changed from good to moderately polluted over the past three years. This is according to the data submitted by the Thane Municipal Corporation to the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board that indicates that the level of harmful air pollutants has jumped drastically over the past three years. Considering that there is an alarming rise in the concentration of pollutants such as SO2, NOx and SPM, the phenomenon is surely a cause for concern. Further, the concentration of these pollutants in all the areas except Vartak Nagar was way above the prescribed limits until 2009. Experts attribute the rising pollution to the growing number of vehicles as well as construction activities. Even the figures acquired from the Thane Regional Transport Office show that the vehicles plying the roads have been consistently on the rise.
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