The Central Pollution Control Board has also asked pollution control authorities in the neighbouring states of Haryana and Punjab to check stubble burning, which is attributed to be a major cause for the increasing pollution levels in the city.
However, the politics and verbal spat intensified as Ministers from Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan skipped a crucial meeting on air pollution held here by Union Environment Ministry.
The average Air Quality Index (AQI) value shot up from 171 on Sunday to 426 on Monday, settling in the "severe" category, which is the second worst of five classifications of pollution. "To get there, we need to set an aspirational goal to reduce the number of deaths from air pollution by two-thirds by 2030", said Ghebreyesus in his closing speech.
Their growing bodies and brains are more affected by toxins that can, among other health risks, affect neurodevelopment and cognitive ability. It's a collective problem and I urge everyone to please work together. Find us on Facebook too! Few schools in the NCR region have also started distributing gooseberries to students, which, according to health experts, minimize effects of air pollution on lungs.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter to address the absence of the ministers and questioned the absence of the four ministers.
Air pollution is the fourth biggest threat to public health in the United Kingdom, after cancer, obesity and heart disease.
Civil construction has been suspended in Delhi and surrounding areas of the National Capital Region.
An aggressive 10 day-long "Clean Air Campaign" was also launched by Harsh Vardhan. A total penalty of Rs 80 lakh was imposed on violators on Friday and Saturday by teams monitoring implementation of measures. However, pollution would go up Monday onwards, it said.
"300 water sprinklers are being used across Delhi to tap down the particle pollutants", said Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain. The meeting took place in the national capital on November 1.
"We have been pitching the idea of city-level air cleaning to central as well as the state governments hoping to make a headway soon", said Madhur Mehta, co-founder of the firm. The city's air had reached the "severe" level on Tuesday with AQI touching 401.
The PM2.5 level was recorded at 217.
The PM10 level in Delhi stood at 374 against the safe limit of 100, as per SAFAR. The air quality index (AQI) in the morning was recorded at 374, which falls in the "very poor" category, according to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR).