New Delhi: It was long declared that Delhi’s air quality, even before Diwali, was hitting low on the Air Quality Index; and to exacerbate this problem came the firecrackers which were burned rapturously throughout Delhi Sunday night.

On Monday, heavy smog descended on the national capital which raised alarms about the pollution level in the city. The level of pollution increased by an astounding 42 times in one of the most polluted spots in the national capital.

Places like Punjabi Bagh, Anand Vihar and RK Puram saw a hazardous spike in the pollution levels overnight. For patients suffering from asthma and other respiratory diseases, a warning has been issued not to roam outside.

 

Delhi has been battling pollution ever since it was first witnessed that the air quality in the city was as worse as Beijing, China’s capital. Although schemes have been introduced to curb the menace of pollution in the city, it has rarely resulted in any alleviation of the situation.