New Delhi, 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...
New Delhi, 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.
According to the Delhi Pollution Control Committee, the level of particulate matter, PM 2.5 was registered at 648, around 10 times the prescribed limit of 60, while PM 10 was recorded at 999, also almost 10 times higher than the prescribed limit of 100.
Particulate matter are both the solid and liquid particles found in air, responsible for the alarming rates of pollution. These include dust, dirt, soot, smoke and liquid droplets.
Social microblogging site Twitter was flooded with messages from people from all walks of life, expressing concern over the problem, which had become an annual cause of concern for those living in the city, as well as for those governing it. Mr Kejriwal, who tried to find a solution to the problem by bringing in the Odd-Even formula, on Tuesday posted, 'All of us together have to find a soln to this. Every year, during this time of the year, Del becomes a gas chamber for almost a month'.