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WITH AIR quality in the national capital remaining toxic the Congress on Monday demanded that the Delhi government declare an “air emergency” till the hazardous pollution levels come down.
Delhi unit chief Ajay Maken stressed that in addition to the short-term measures already announced by the government, there is a need for “long-term, pre-emptive measures” to counter the issue. “Today is the eighth consecutive day when PM 2.5 levels have crossed the 800 mark, whereas, as per the U S Environmental Protection Agency standards, once the air quality index enters the 151-200 mark, a ‘red alert’ is declared,” he said.
Hitting out at the government, Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay said, “If the government had taken stock of the measures to mitigate pollution, Delhiites would not be facing this acute health crisis.” BJP leaders were also seen handing out masks to people at Connaught Place and said medicines too would be distributed, if needed.