Delhi pollution: Thick smog continues to cover city; air quality worsens

Pollution Leads To Some Delhi-NCR Schools Suspending Classes

Taking cognizance of the alarming air quality in Delhi, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday asked the Central Pollution Control Board and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee to take steps to control and curb the pollution.

"Pollution level has increased so much in Delhi that it has developed situations like a gas chamber", Kejriwal told reporters here.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the national capital has become like a "gas chamber".

Ameeta Mulla Wattal, principal of Springdales School in New Delhi, said, "We are telling parents that if their children are asthmatic or have allergies, they children can stay at home for the time being".

He raised the issue with Union Environment Minister Anil Dave in a meeting at the latter's residence.

He also appealed to Delhiites to use private transport to the least possible extent and rely more on public transport. Another protester said, "Never has it happened that schools were shut due to pollution, frankly we can't raise children like this".

The 24-hour air quality index (AQI) was at "severe" with an index value of 485, worst for the season and higher than the post-Diwali AQI of 445.

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Meanwhile, a thick blanket of haze continued to cover the national capital on Sunday with pollution level remaining very high and breaching the safe limit by over 17 times at several places.

Mr Kejriwal claimed that vehicle restriction measures like odd-even scheme will not be able to it bring down. 'Whenever western disturbance passes over Himalayas, it increases the level of humidity which enhances the capacity of air to bear the pollutants for a long time.

"All municipal schools under the three corporations will be closed tomorrow due to the heavy smog and pollution.

And, since the smog is worse during the morning, it was made a decision to close the schools", said Arya, also the former Mayor of south Delhi.Arya, also the former Mayor of south Delhi. "Prima facie the biggest reason seems to be burning of stubble in agricultural fields in Haryana and Punjab in huge quantity", Kejriwal told a press conference.

"Central government is living in Delhi".

"Besides loudspeakers and music systems, generator is also installed which not only causes noise pollution but also deteriorates air quality of the area".

The instructions governing minimization of dust pollution from construction and demolition activities will be strictly enforced, including providing appropriate covers and undertaking control measures for fugitive emissions by water sprinkling, setting up of curtain barriers, and so on.