It is a well known fact that the air we breathe in “aamchi mumbai” is far from the fresh air that we need.
And now a study by the TIFR confirms this. But wait, the major culprit is not cars. Its garbage. Yes the garbage that you and me and everyone else generates in bucketloads.
A survey conducted by Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) has put light on a hazardous fact — half of Mumbai has become a gas chamber.
This means the air is not hygienic anymore. Garbage is the main culprit for this, not traffic.
According to the study, residents between Byculla and Mahim on the western side and Byculla to Ghatkopar and Chembur on the eastern suburbs are the major victims.
TIFR also says that burning garbage at the 100-hectare dumping ground north of Chembur-Vashi road has affected Mumbai’s eastern suburbs.[link]
And here is a small example of the quantum of garbage that the sea throws back at us
Very soon we will need gas masks to live in the city.