Ahead of FIFA U-17 World Cup, the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has directed 13 textile industries to stop operations during the match days. Apparently, the state pollution control board has given such a directive to the coal using factories to keep the air clean for the visiting spectators of football matches.
The football World Cup that kickstarts from October 7 at Nerul’s DY Patil Stadium, as the satellite city recorded highest across 10 air quality monitoring stations on Thursday. Owing to the score of 215 on Air Quality Index (AQI), confirming the ‘poor’ category, the air is anticipated to worsen on Friday up to 247, as forecasted by System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR). The Air Quality Index (AQI) is a pollutant measuring indicator. As per the indicator, AQI level ranging between 0 to 100 is good, 101 to 200 is moderate, 201 to 300 is poor, and 301 & above is very poor.
Meanwhile, 5 chemical factories in Navi Mumbai have been directed to decrease their production by 50 percent, to significantly reduce the emissions. In addition, stone crushing, ready-mix-concrete (RMC) plants, and 11 asphalt mixing plants have been asked to pause operations.
The FIFA U-17 World Cup has 8 scheduled matches at Nerul’s DY Patil Stadium, that will be played across 5 days, on October 6, 9, 12, 18, and 25.
According to P Anbalagan, member secretary of MPCB “The idea is to minimise any risk in the area and therefore a survey was conducted by our regional officer to check polluting industries and ensure the best possible ways to improve the air quality and reduce particulate pollution (PM10 and PM2.5). We have checked whether each of these industries are following rules as per the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981, Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000.”
Movement of heavy vehicles will be stopped on the match days to control the levels of nitrogen dioxide.
Anil Mohekar, regional officer, MPCB said “According to an agreement between FIFA and NMMC, all bottles during the event need to be collected and recycled. We will be overseeing this. Specific directions for road cleaning and sprinkling of water will be done at the parking areas of the stadium to minimise dust pollution.”