The Delhi smog situation is the talk of the town, with schools being shut, the government mulling bringing back the odd-even rule and scores of people complaining about respiratory problems.
Delhi now has the notorious title of being the most polluted city in the world.
If anyone wanted an official take on the situation, measurements taken at the US Embassy in Delhi put the city’s Air Quality Index at 999 on Monday, off the standard chart, which finishes at the ‘hazardous’ level of 500, reports CNN.
According to the World Air Quality Index, India’s next most polluted city, coal and industry-heavy Chandrapur, recorded levels of 824.
Research released earlier this year found that air quality levels, in Delhi, exceed World Health Organizations guidelines for 80% of those living in urban areas around the world.
An emergency ruling issued over the weekend saw more than 5,000 schools closed and construction work halted for the next three days. Officials warned that the number of vehicles allowed on the streets may be restricted if the situation does not improve.