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Delhi Shrouded In Toxic Haze As AQI Remains In ‘Severe’ Zone

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New Delhi: The national capital was shrouded in a dense and hazardous smog, with the air quality persisting in the ‘severe’ category on Wednesday, according to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). 

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data reveals that Anand Vihar recorded an Air Quality Index (AQI) of 452, while RK Puram, Punjabi Bagh, Sri Aurobindo Marg, and Shadipur reported AQI values of 433, 460, 382, and 413, respectively, all falling under the ‘severe’ category.

Amidst the persisting thick and hazardous smog enveloping the national capital, many residents and commuters voiced their distress over respiratory issues. They called upon the government and relevant authorities to take immediate measures to tackle the escalating air pollution crisis. 

The Supreme Court on Tuesday expressed grave concern over the hazardous air quality in the national capital and directed that farmers should stop stubble burning forthwith in Punjab, Haryana, and western Uttar Pradesh, saying it was one of the major contributors to air pollution. 

A bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Sudhanshu Dhulia made the local State House Officer, under the overall supervision of the Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police, responsible for preventing crop burning. 

It further directed that a meeting be held on Wednesday between the states to ensure that crop burning is stopped forthwith. Further, the top court noted that smog towers installed as per an earlier order are not working and directed the government to ensure they are repaired.

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