Air Quality Soars as Mumbai’s Comprehensive Cleanliness Drive Earns Praise from Chief Minister

Mumbai, 7th January 2024: In a significant development, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde announced that the comprehensive cleanliness drive in Mumbai has led to a remarkable improvement in air quality across the metropolis. Addressing the media during a visit to various project sites and cleanliness initiatives, Chief Minister Shinde highlighted the success of the campaign and its positive impact on the environment.

Expressing his views on the cleanliness campaign, Chief Minister Shinde emphasized that the initiative was not limited to any particular organization or government but was a collective effort for the people. He urged citizens, voluntary organizations, and students to actively participate in this movement, transforming it into a people’s movement for a cleaner and healthier Mumbai.

The results of the cleanliness drive are evident, particularly in Mumbai, where air quality has witnessed a significant improvement. Chief Minister Shinde noted that the campaign is now being extended to neighbouring cities like Thane, Mira-Bhainder, Kalyan-Dombivali, and Bhiwandi. Furthermore, he expressed the intention to expand the campaign statewide shortly.

During the visit, Chief Minister Shinde inspected the progress of the Mumbai Coastal Road project, particularly the completion of the twin tunnels constructed by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). He commended the efforts of BMC and mentioned that the first phase of the Mumbai Coastal Road project is set to be completed by the end of January, providing a faster and more efficient travel option for citizens.

Chief Minister Shinde also addressed the issue of air quality, stating that the cleaning campaign has contributed to a reduction in dust particles. Roads are being washed, debris is being cleared, and the overall cleanliness of public spaces has improved, resulting in a drop in the Air Quality Index (AQI). He highlighted the drop from 350 to less than 200 in certain areas of Mumbai, with some locations recording an AQI below 100.

In addition to discussing the progress of ongoing projects, Chief Minister Shinde underscored the importance of prioritizing internal road cleaning along with main roads in Mumbai. He urged BMC to continue its efforts to enhance air quality, particularly in areas like the Bandra-Kurla Complex.

The Chief Minister’s tour included an inspection of the southbound underground tunnel of the Mumbai Coastal Road Project, where modern ventilation systems have been installed for safety measures. Shinde reiterated that the coastal road project, once completed, would not only save time for citizens but also conserve fuel.

As a city of international significance, Chief Minister Shinde acknowledged the role of sanitation workers as the “real heroes” of Mumbai and assured improved facilities for them. He directed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to provide better civic services in residential colonies of sanitation workers and emphasized the government’s commitment to their welfare.

In a symbolic act of commitment to cleanliness, Chief Minister Shinde actively participated in the cleaning work at various locations, including Tukaram Road, Marine Drive, and the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link site. His hands-on involvement in the campaign reflects the government’s dedication to ensuring a cleaner and healthier environment for the citizens of Mumbai.