Delhi Air Pollution: 8 people killed in a day, CM Kejriwal seeks meeting with Punjab, Haryana counterparts
November 8, 2017: Delhi’s pollution levels spiked further on Wednesday as a toxic haze thickened across the city, leaving millions of people facing severe health hazards in the national capital. As report, 8 people were killed due to pollution within a day.The smog-like conditions, which have blocked the sun since Tuesday, also pulled the mercury down to the season’s coldest at 14 degree Celsius; more than two degrees lower than Tuesday’s 16.1 degree Celsius. As the 30 year average for minimum temperature in November is 12.9, it can go down further. Primary sections of school were closed on Wednesday as the government initiated several steps to protect young lungs from the foul air, said to be a result of vehicular pollution and crop residue burning in neighbouring states such as Punjab and Haryana. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who described Delhi as a “gas chamber”, reviewed the situation in a meeting with health and environment officials. The Delhi government is “prepared” to re-launch its odd-even transport scheme and restrict trucks from entering the city in the case of an “emergency,” deputy CM Manish Sisodia said. The government also issued a health advisory for residents of the capital, especially children, the elderly and those suffering from asthma and heart ailments. “We appeal to the people of Delhi to avoid morning and evening walks,” Sisodia had said yesterday.