Why is it So Smoky ?

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I am reading the weather information gadget on "Igoogle"
and the weather says "Smoky" and this is what is says on most days.

Why is it so smoky in Mumbai? Do they have fires in the forest? What is burning?

How bad is the air in Mumbai? I have heard it is like smoking two packets of cigarettes a day. Do I need to take any precautions?

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I'm not sure on the technical meaning of "Smoky". But, i feel it may be due to pollution.
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Right ! It's hazy due to vehicular pollution......

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Originally Posted by arunganpath View Post I'm not sure on the technical meaning of "Smoky". But, i feel it may be due to pollution.
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Yeah. vehicle pollution and the tonnes of crap that gets burnt as cooking fuel.

From my experience Bangkok is much worse for air pollution but Mumai is not a clean air city by any stretch. If you're only thier for a few days i'm sure your health will cope.

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Smell of smoke is the first thing you notice when you get out of the plane in most Indian airports. Coal is used as major fuel, plus Bengalis use it to cook their daily meals with a technique that generates a lot of smoke. Which other folks use coal for cooking purposes in India? Not sure about that.

When you are on domestic flights you really get to notice how little you see of the country when you are beyond the layer of smog. I remember how different that was 15 years ago. I was really shocked at the density of smog out in the country in February 2008 in Uttar Pradesh. The density was so intense mostly due to cold morning mist which kept the dirt suspended in the air even longer. Then when you see people burning tyres, plastic bags and foilage everywhere, there is a reaction of rage rising about the ignorance of the people doing such things, mingled with the feeling of compassion for their dire economical circumstances which keeps them imprisoned in their habits and compulsions.

Glad for every breath that I could escape from breathing there.
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Vehicular pollution is a big issue, compounded by cooking fires and the burning of rubbish as stated above. The health cost (direct and indirect) must be staggering.

I had the misfortune to be staying on Cottonpet Rd in Bangalore recently - I can't even begin to imagine the respiratory consequences of the acrid air quality, particularly for shopkeepers and others working on that narrow enclosed street with endless traffic virtually at a standstill.
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wow.. did not know they include 'smoky' in weather report these days!!
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Originally Posted by Towle View Post Why is it so smoky in Mumbai? Do they have fires in the forest? What is burning?

How bad is the air in Mumbai? I have heard it is like smoking two packets of cigarettes a day. Do I need to take any precautions?
Not same as smoke I guess.
"Smoky" something between cloudy and cloudless?

Clear picture on what Smoky means in weather context
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/col...ages/Smoky.jpg

More http://images.google.com/images?hl=e...gbv=2&aq=f&oq=

Mumbai have pretty bad air pollution but i dont think you need to take any precautions if you just visit as tourist for few days, week, or month. If you plan to move to Mumbai then i would avoid downtown area.

All that taxi traffic in downtown causes lots of noise and pollution and make air filthy i guess.
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Originally Posted by Hello Mumbai View Post If you plan to move to Mumbai then i would avoid downtown area.

All that taxi traffic in downtown causes lots of noise and pollution and make air filthy i guess.
If you mean by downtown South Mumbai (Fort, Colaba, Marine Lines etc.) I think you're wrong. The suburbs north of Mahim creek can feel much more polluted at times, as autorikshaws are allowed here. You'll have more air pollution coupled with noise pollution.
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Originally Posted by sannna View Post If you mean by downtown South Mumbai (Fort, Colaba, Marine Lines etc.)
Yes exactly. What i mean. General whole Mumbai have bad air pollution. In my opinion. You are in sea area there you don’t feel air pollution same way than if you go more inwards like Grant road, Bhuleshwar which isn’t far away. Street and buildings are more cleaner in those mention area and wind from sea doesn’t mean air pollution is better, air pollution is still there, right over your head.

10 most pollution city in the world

Place___City ____________Piont*
1______Baku______________27,6
2______Dhaka_____________29,6
3______Antananarivo______30,1
4______Port au Prince____34
5______Mexiko-City_______37,7
6______Addis Abeba_______37,9
7______Mumbai____________38,2
8______Bagdad____________39
9______Alamaty __________39,1
10_____Brazzaville ______39,1


Funny list, isnt it


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