Mumbaikars can breathe and hear easy. Air and noise pollution in the city this Diwali was significantly low.
Data gathered by Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) show noise levels across 45 stations in Mumbai, 10 in Navi Mumbai and five in Thane were the lowest in five years since 2008, while air pollution was also lower than previous years. Continuous monitoring of air quality at stations such as Bandra, Sion, Vashi and Airoli during Diwali revealed average concentration of toxic pollutant respirable particulate suspended matter (RSPM) on Laxmi Puja day, November 13, was 280 µg/m3 in Bandra, above the 100 µg/m3 limit. But it was second lowest recorded in the area in four years.