ESTIMATIONS FOR BTX AT AMBIENT AND SENSITIVE LOCATIONS INCLUDING TRAFFIC JUNCTIONS FOR ESTIMATING THE EXPOSURE LEVELS IN MUMBAI

Boralkar, Dilip Bhaskar and Korde, Vijay F.; Maharashtra Pollution Control Board

ABSTRACT

Mumbai is the economic capital of India where large industrial activities and increasing urbanization are being witnessed. It has about 187 air polluting industries besides about 12,50,000 vehicles of different types. Based on the Emission Inventory carried out in the year 2000, it showed that about ten locations in the city are highly impacted due to high vehicular activities, of these at about seven locations the vehicle kilometer traveled ranged from 283590 to 975486 per day. Some of these areas are hotspots in terms of air pollutants. As traffic congestion has been increasing in the city, it is likely that it would impact the population to higher levels of various types of pollutants. Of the many pollutants, MPCB (Maharashtra Pollution Control Board) undertook the study of estimating the ambient as well as kerbside VOC leve