In the wake of deteriorating air quality, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday asked his deputy and Education Minister Manish Sisodia to consider shutting schools for a few days.
Delhi woke up to ‘severe’ air quality today with a thick haze blanketing the city as pollution levels breached permissible standards by multiple times.
“Considering high level of pollution, I have requested Manish Sisodia, Education Minister, to consider closing schools for few days,” Kejriwal tweeted.
He also tweeted: “Delhi has become a gas chamber. Every year this happens during this part of year. We have to find a soln to crop burning in adjoining states”.
Earlier in the day, Indian Medical Association (IMA) national president Dr KK Aggarwal told news agency ANI that Delhi was in ‘public health emergency’ state. He had also advocated closure of 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.