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Taking a dig at the Arvind Kjeriwal government in Delhi over the high pollution level in the national capital, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday said that pollution in Delhi is political. “The real pollution in Delhi is political pollution, Parrikar was quoted as saying by the ANI.
Delhi has been battling toxic air and smog post Diwali. The high level particulate matter in air has forced the government to shut down school for thee days and ban construction activities for five day.
Apart from crackers’ smoke, burning of crop stubble in farms contributed to the thick cover of hazardous haze that has been shrouding the city for nearly a week.
The air quality have levels of harmful PM 2.5 particles hovering at dangerous levels, something that has been seen in cities like Beijing. These fine particles less than 2.5 micrometres in diameter are linked to higher rates of chronic bronchitis, lung cancer and heart disease.
With Delhi witnessing its worst spell of smog in 17 years, sale of air masks has seen an upsurge in the past week with stores across the national capital and neighbouring regions running out of stock.
While Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has termed Delhi as a “gas chamber” and sought Centre’s intervention in mitigating the alarming levels of smog, Delhiites are running to medical stores and hospitals looking for masks.