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To: Uddhav Thackeray, Maharashtra Chief Minister
We need a pollution-free Mumbai #SaafShwaas24Taas
Implement the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) in Maharashtra, clean up Mumbai's air
Why is this important?
Did you think air pollution was not a concern in Mumbai? Or not as much as in other northern cities in India?
A Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) study has revealed that Mumbai’s air has the highest concentration of PM 10 (particulate matter) among 24 cities in peninsular India. Particulate matter enters the respiratory system and causes serious illnesses like asthma, bronchitis and lung disorders. It also affects cognitive behaviour and children, elderly and pregnant women are the most vulnerable to the impact of air pollution.
Mumbaikars have routinely woken up to a blanket of smog in the past couple of months. In December, the air quality index also crossed the levels in Gurugram. Areas like Bandra-Kurla Complex have been among the most polluted with the AQI hovering above 300. A mix of emissions from waste burning and industrial belts, construction dust, poorly planned transport systems and road congestion have all led to a spike in pollution levels.
So far, both citizens as well as government officials have been indifferent to issues of air pollution believing in the city's coastal advantage -- that the sea breeze helps keep the air clean. We can no longer afford to be this negligent.
In addition, Maharashtra is the most polluted state in the country, with 18 cities on its list. Air pollution is a serious health hazard and with increasing traffic, construction and industrialisation, we cannot afford to wait till it's an emergency. The National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) needs to be implemented in Maharashtra on an urgent basis.
Our CM Uddhav Thackeray has shown concern towards environmental issues like Aarey by halting Metro car shed work. We need to push him to have a time-bound plan to curb air pollution, so Mumbaikars can breath #SaafShwas24Taas.
Sign this petition urging the CM Uddhav Thackeray and Maharashtra Pollution Control Board to clean up Mumbai's air.