Alarming rise in Delhi air pollution level: experts, citizens call for emergency response


New Delhi, Nov 7 : The poisonous haze over the city on Tuesday thickened with PM 2 levels in the air going up by 44 times over the safe limits at some places, prompted medical experts and concerned citizens to call for some emergency response from the Government.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal responded by asking his Education Minister Manish Sisodia to consider closure of schools, while the NGT sought an update by Thursday from neighbouring states including Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab, apart from the Delhi government, about the measures taken by them to control the rising air pollution.

A morning shrouded in heavy smog greeted the Delhiites as they woke up, drastically reducing visibility, which affected road and air traffic.

But major cause of alarm was exacerbation of respiratory problems, especially among senior citizens and children.