Air pollution levels in Delhi made a huge jump on Sunday this morning, going deeper into the 'emergency' zone. From Saturday's 407, the Air Quality Index or AQI rose to 625, reducing visibility significantly and hampering air and road traffic in the city.
The situation in the surrounding townships was no better -- Noida shut all schools till Tuesday. Delhi is expected to begin its odd-even road rationing scheme but there was no word from Punjab or Haryana, where stubble burning by farmers triggers a crisis in Delhi and adjoining areas every winter.
Pollution levels at Dhirpur in west Delhi was at 509, while in Delhi University area it was 591. In the Chandni Chowk area, the AQI was recorded at 432 while in Lodhi road it was 537. Pollution levels in Noida, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, and Faridabad also recorded between severe to hazardous with PMs ranging from 400 to 709.
The Chief Minister,Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, has urged the centre to take immediate steps to provide relief to the people. He said his government will support all the initiatives taken by the Centre.
'Pollution has reached unbearable levels across North India. Delhi government took many steps. Delhiites have made many sacrifices. Delhi suffering for no fault of theirs. Punjab CM also expressed concern. Centre should take immediate steps to provide relief. We will support Centre in all initiatives,' he tweeted. In the morning, airlines tweeted to update their passengers about changes in flight schedules. Air India tweeted to say 12 of their flights have been diverted due to 'Delhi weather conditions'.