The grades on the city’s annual environmental report card are slipping with drinking water getting more contaminated than last year, decibel levels shooting up and air showing high level of pollutants in some areas. The finding of the Environmental Status Report to be released by the MCGM next month is disturbing. According to the report, water contamination for the year 2007-08 has been recorded at 12.47 per cent as against 9.05 per cent last year. The findings show that owing to the ingress of foul water through leaky pipelines, unfit samples have increased by 37 per cent last year. In each of the 24 wards, water contamination levels are higher than last year. The report also states that all over Mumbai, noise levels have not only exceeded Central Pollution Control Board standards but are also higher than last year. As far as the quality of ambient air is concerned, the report points out that of the six air monitoring stations, four have recorded heavy pollution levels. The report also notes that traffic density at peak hours is so high that vehicles move at 5 km to 8 km per hour and ambulances are unable to move during emergencies at strategic places like Sion, Bandra and Dadar. The number of vehicles plying on the city’s streets have increased by 6 pc over last year and with 384 vehicles being added every day, the report predicts that it is only going to get worse. And no matter what the MCGM says in its defense, fact remains that Mumbaikars should gear up for some very unhealthy times ready to hit the city sooner than later. Sana Warsia – NMTV News.
September 11, 2016