NASA Releases Smog Images of Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Pakistan

Country's Problem Not Just Delhi's Says Arvind Kejriwal As City Chokes

"Unless the governments there don't find economically viable alternatives, this won't stop", said the Chief Minister after inaugurating air quality monitoring stations in Delhi.

The authorities banned entry of trucks, except those carrying essential commodities, after the Supreme Court mandated green panel, the EPCA, announced that pollution levels had hit "severe plus" in Delhi.

Sprinkling water is the only way to bring down the risky pollution levels, said Shruti Bhardwaj, the Indian environment ministry's most senior official in charge of monitoring air quality.

A thick blanket of smoke and smog has engulfed Delhi for days.

A U.S. embassy measure of tiny particulate matter, called "PM 2.5", showed a reading of 523 at 9am this morning - the outer limit of "good" air is 50.

The Delhi government has instructed the transport authorities to increase the number of buses and add coaches to the metro trains.

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In other measures, commercial trucks have been banned from the city unless they are carrying essential commodities, all construction has been stopped and vehicle parking charges raised four times to force residents to use public transport.

Gurugram: Following Delhi's lead, all government and private schools in Gurugram will also remain closed on November 10 and 11 due to the toxic smog. "Just my meeting with Delhi CM resolves nothing", said Singh. He repeated his demand for a meeting with the Punjab and Haryana Chief Ministers.

Mr Jain said government hospitals in the city were treating thousands of patients with respiratory ailments.

In the United Kingdom, out of 51 cities and towns listed in an air quality database, 44 failed the WHO's test for the fine sooty particles recently.

"The only solution left is that we start spraying water right at the street level, especially along heavy traffic roads", he said. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said in a Twitter post: "Situation is serious but Punjab helpless as problem is widespread & state has no money to compensate farmers for stubble management".

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