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Survey shows pollution still plaguing India's financial capital

A survey has painted a grim picture of the state of pollution in India's financial capital Mumbai, prompting calls from residents for stronger action from the government and polluters to clean up the situation. 

MUMBAI: A survey has painted a grim picture of the state of pollution in India's financial capital.

Of more than 80,000 industries surveyed in Mumbai, 23 per cent "were air pollution prone" and 21 per cent "were water pollution prone".

Residents are calling for stronger action from the government and polluters to clean up the situation.

India's financial capital Mumbai has been battling high levels of air pollution -- a major source of which is the construction industry.

Some residents feel it can only be countered with regulation.

"This construction activity and demolition activity creates a lot of dust… and people are facing this pollution,” said Kundali Kishan Kamble, a resident of Mumbai.

“This pollution can be reduced by the contractor, by the owner, by the builder, or the government agency. They should formulate some rules so that this dust can be reduced by any means."

Water pollution is another concern, particularly with the impending monsoon season.

"The gutters get blocked by garbage, and there's a lot of overflow, and we have to cross that water when we go out,” said Sainaz Bilakhia, also a Mumbai resident.

“During the rainy season disease becomes more prevalent, because of all the standing water, and then we have to walk in it… That causes a lot of difficulty."

Fellow Mumbai resident Mariam Raees Khan said: "Children fall ill; the elderly are also vulnerable… There should be some control over this. Every year there's flooding. This year something different should be done about it."

But even as Mumbai authorities tackle air and water pollution, there is also noise pollution to consider.

A survey has found that noise pollution in Mumbai -- as well as in five other major cities in the state of Maharashtra -- exceeded permissible limits for two consecutive days last year.

This may be a harder problem to resolve as India tries to balance the needs of the environment with the needs of a growing economy.  

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