NEW DELHI: Flights have been delayed in Delhi due to the poor visibility as a result of severe air pollution.
Pollution level in the national capital plummeted into a hazardous level with Air Quality Index with 625 around 10 am today which is recorded for the first time.
The Delhi University has recorded air pollution level around 591 which is also a hazardous level. The Air Quality Index in Chandni Chowk is 432 and 509 at Dhirpur in West Delhi.
The Delhi government is implementing the odd-even scheme which is meant to stop too many vehicles on the road. The odd-even scheme will be implemented from November 4th till November 15th.
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The Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority (EPCA) on Friday declared a public health emergency across the National Capital Region after the air quality index showed hazardous levels. Schools have been shut in Delhi to prevent children from exposure to severe air pollution.
Citizens complained of issues such as eye irritation and suffocation due to deteriorating air quality. Citizens also said that air is making them feel suffocated.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the air quality is the lowest in five years and called the state a gas chamber.
He called out the neighbouring states Punjab and Haryana for stubble burning which resulted in the accumulation of toxic gas in the national capital along with exhaust from vehicles and firecrackers during Diwali.
He had also urged school children to write letters to Captain Amrinder Singh and ML Khattar, who are the chief ministers of Punjab and Haryana respectively.
Chief Minister of Punjab Amarinder Singh wrote a letter to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the severity of the air pollution.
He wrote that he is not oblivious to the situation in the national capital and he urged politicians to blame game and work to help the citizens.