New Delhi is in the news for a bad reason. The national capital has no fresh air to breathe at the moment due to the toxic smog that has covered the city for over seven days.
Despite a raft of government measures to deal with the situation including ban on construction and demolition activities for five days, temporary closure of Badarpur Power Plant in south Delhi and sprinkling water on the roads, the city is chocking under off-the-charts smog. Some parts of the city have reported almost five times of pollution level considered ‘unhealthy’ by the US environmental protection agency.
Measurements taken at the US Embassy in Delhi put the city’s Air Quality Index (AQI) at 999 on Monday. The data stands off the standard chart, which finishes at the ‘hazardous’ level of 500, reported CNN.
The pollution level in New Delhi left Baoding-China’s most polluted city- far behind, as its AQI level was recorded 298.
Meanwhile, while the efforts of the government have been carried on to curb the situation, the Delhiites also opting measures to save themselves from the health hazards caused due to pollution in the city. People are thronging to shops to buy anti-pollution masks and avoiding stepping out of the doors as much as possible, especially children and elderly population.
Earlier, hundreds of people gathered to protest outside Parliament in the city center on Sunday, while others are expressing their displeasure online, posting to social media with the slogan #MyRightToBreathe.
Municipal Corporations of Delhi ordered to close nearly 580 schools under the south corporation for the entire week, while those in the jurisdiction of north and east civic bodies will be shut till Wednesday (November 13).