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On the first day of 2017, Mumbai breathes most toxic air since Deonar fire

Source: Hindustan Times, Date: January , 2017

Hindustan Times, Mumbai, Jan 02, 2017: Mumbai recorded the worst pollution levels on Sunday, the first day of the year, since the Deonar fire in January, 2016. Researchers attributed the spike in pollution to the use of firecrackers on New Year’s night. Pollution levels shot up to dangerously high levels as the air quality index (AQI) – pollutant measuring indicator — was recorded at 323, falling under the ‘very poor’ category, said officials from the System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR). An AQI of 315 (very poor), has been predicted for Monday, which is as high as pollution levels recorded a day after Diwali. ollution levels on Sunday were marginally close to that of Delhi as the national capital recorded an AQI of 338 (very poor). Pune, on the other hand, recorded AQI levels within the ‘moderate’ category at 187.On Friday, SAFAR had predicted AQI levels to be at the borderline of the ‘poor’ and ‘very poor’ category for Sunday  at 300. 

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