Mumbai is noisiest city in the world
‘Mumbai is noisiest city in the world’
Mumbai is hostage to air and water pollution at dangerous levels, and is probably the noisiest city in the world, ahead of Delhi and Kolkata. Maharashtra's economic survey, released a day before World Environment Day (Thursday), paints a grim picture for the rest of the state as well. Of particular concern is growth in solid waste, which needs incineration, against a decline in waste that is recyclable or can be used as landfill. This is a threat to soil and groundwater.
"The data shows that the city is the noisiest in the world and poses a serious threat to one's ears, brain and heart. Almost every area in Mumbai has high sound levels. The administration should have the strong will to implement a stringent enforcement mechanism," said environmental activist Sumaira Abdulali.
Air pollution has serious health implications, including strokes and heart attacks, and in extreme cases lung cancer, said Dr Altaf Patel, former professor at J J Hospital and presently a director of medicine at Jaslok Hospital. "The more you breathe fresh air, the more is your life expectancy," he said. "As for water pollution, especially by heavy metals, it can lead to heart attacks and cancer, besides causing hypertension and mental disturbance."