Stop Rapid Urbanization and Let People Breathe Clean Air

Target: Eknath Shinde, Chief Minister of Maharashtra

Goal: Reduce toxic air pollution in Mumbai and safeguard public health.

Recent data elucidates a dire situation concerning air quality in Mumbai (Maharashtra, India), with instances where the AQI surpassed even that of Delhi. Official records indicate Mumbai plummeting into the ‘unhealthy’ range as of October 24, 2023. According to Dr. Nilesh Sonawane, Consultant Pulmonologist at Apollo Clinic in Pune, such degradation can be attributed chiefly to rapid urbanization, burgeoning vehicle numbers, and ongoing construction projects. These factors collectively contribute to heightened levels of particulate matter.

Worse yet, traffic jams exacerbate the problem, especially as vehicles idling in congestion emit pollutants at an elevated rate. The formation of smog, particularly in winter, amplifies the issue, creating an air quality situation that poses a dire threat to public health. Consequences for lung health are particularly severe, with individuals who have pre-existing conditions such as asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) being most vulnerable. But it doesn’t stop there: even those without pre-existing lung conditions face increased risk when exposed to such air over prolonged periods. Get proactive now to stop this menace.


Dear CM Shinde,

We urgently call your attention to the concerning air quality situation in Mumbai. Reportedly, recent findings reveal an AQI worse than Delhi on multiple occasions.

We implore you, in your capacity as Chief Minister, to execute immediate, rigorous regulations to improve air quality in Mumbai. Allocate necessary resources for the prompt implementation of effective measures: stricter emission controls for vehicles, halting construction that doesn’t comply with environmental standards, and improved public transport options to minimize car usage.

We unequivocally insist on decisive action against this public health crisis. This demands your urgent focus, for failure to act not only tarnishes the reputation of Mumbai, but also jeopardizes the health of its citizens. We are steadfast in our belief that India should exemplify commitment to environmental stewardship, as well as public health. Let Mumbai serve as a model city in this regard.


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