The level of pollution — air and noise — is on a rise in the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) area and contributing more to this pollution are the chemical industries and quarries in the city.
The rise in level of pollution has seen increase in the respiratory diseases and heart ailments among city residents. The problem is more grave in case of residents living near industrial zones of the city. According to the environment status report of the civic body, quarries and chemical industries are contributing in a big way to the rising pollution levels in the satellite city.
The air monitoring vehicles stationed by NMMC at various spots in the city too have registered rise in pollution level. Presence of dust particles, nitrite, sulphate are causing respiratory problems to residents. Vehicular pollution too has contributed to deteriorating air quality, points out the report.
NMMC admits that serious steps need to be taken to curb level of pollution in city. Residents from this area have been complaining to the pollution control board and to the environment minister of state government but very few steps have been taken so far to alleviate the problem of pollution.
The level of noise pollution too is on a rise and the decibel levels near silence zones is alarming. The report points out that level of noise pollution is alarming in all the nodes of satellite city. In commercial area where the maximum decibel level has to be 55dB during day and 45 dB in night has been recorded at 61.5dB in Juinagar which is way above normal standard. In case of residential area, noise levels were as high as 59.5 in Ghansoli, said the report.
The level of noise pollution in silence zones like hospitals, schools, religious places was way above the desired level.
“The suspended particulate matter (SPM) from the quarries is polluting air in Navi Mumbai, it is posing a major health hazard to residents living in the close vicinity of such quarries,” said environment report. Many of these quarries have been flouting norms ranging from excessive mining and deforestation to deviation from technical guidelines and non-maintenance of records.