On Sunday, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has opined that the Central Government shouldn’t simple leave the issue-related to air pollution to the Government of Delhi and consider it as “top priority” that should be permanently resolved.
Detailing that the “pollution is now heading towards Rajasthan” after surrounding the remaining Northern States, CM Gehlot told sources that “if the national capital becomes a gas chamber, you can imagine what would happen. I was in Delhi for two days. I felt what the people are going through there (in Delhi). The pollution is now heading towards Rajasthan, so this should be a matter of concern for us too.”
The Rajasthan Chief Minister further said that “we request the Centre to not simply leave the matter up to Delhi government. This matter should be a top priority, and be resolved permanently. This year the pollution in Delhi has crossed all limits.”
CM Gehlot stated that closing of factories and schools is not going to be enough to control the situation.
The level of air pollution in the national capital escalated to dangerous and visibility significantly dropped as a thick blanket of smog engulfed several parts of the city despite mild showers last day.
On Sunday, for the first time in the season, the AQI (Air Quality Index) docked as high as 625 at 10:00 AM. An AQI between (0-50) is considered to be “good”. (51-100) as “satisfactory”, (101-200) as “moderate”, (201-300) as “poor”, (301-400) as “very poor”, (401-500) as “severe”, and above 500 is considered as “severe-plus emergency”.
Evaluating the worsening quality of air in New Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi Government has brought back its Odd-Even Number Scheme from November 4 and it will continue till November 15.