Delhi and national capital region woke up to a thick blanket of smog this morning. With air quality measuring ‘severe’ on pollution index, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has asked his deputy and Delhi’s education minister to consider shutting schools for few days.
“Considering high level of pollution, I have requested Manish Sisodia, Education Minister, to consider closing schools for few days,” Kejriwal tweeted.
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) too questioned the state governments of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana on why preventive steps were not taken to control the ‘severe’ air quality in the region.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar lambasted the state governments for not being prepared in advance to tackle the emergency situation.
“The ambient air quality is so bad that children are not able to breath properly. Why didn’t you not spray water using helicopters as per our direction? You take instructions and inform us day after tomorrow,” the bench said.
During its hearing, the green green panel also directed the CPCB to state what emergency directions it has issued in excercise of its powers to tackle the situation.
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) recorded ‘severe’ air quality, meaning that the intensity of pollution was extreme and it has breached the permissible levels.
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) IMA has also appealed to the Delhi government to shut down outdoor sports and other such activities in schools keeping in view the harmful impact of air pollution on the health of the children.
The rapid fall in air quality and visibility began last evening as moisture combined with pollutants shrouded the city in a thick cover of haze.
By 10 am today, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) recorded ‘severe’ air quality, meaning the intensity of pollution was extreme.
(With inputs from PTI)