New Delhi: The air quality in the national capital city continued to remain in the ‘severe’ category on Saturday, i.e., November 2, stated news agency ANI. According to the Air Quality Index data, the level of major pollutants PM 2.5 was recorded to be at 500 and PM 10 at 500 in Lodhi Road area on November 1.

According to news agency ANI, the Air Quality Index (AQI) as on November 2 stood at 451 in Noida and 449 in Indirapuram. The air quality in both the areas fell in ‘severe’ category’. Earlier, the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority has declared an unprecedented public health emergency in Delhi-NCR in Delhi due to the rising levels of air pollution in the city. “This is a public health emergency as air pollution is now hazardous and will have adverse health impacts on all particularly the children,” Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority was quoted by a report as saying.

The Delhi sky can be seen covered with a cloud of thick smog in visuals tweeted by news agency ANI from Rajpath and Signature Bridge.

Taking stock of the situation, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday announced holidays for all the schools in Delhi from November 1 to November 5. He began the day by distributing gas masks to school children. Referring to Delhi as a gas chamber at an event, Kejriwal had blamed Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh for not being able to stop stubble burning in their respective states. Kejriwal stated that stubble burning was contributing to the rise in pollution levels in Delhi.

The pollution crisis worsened in the national capital on Friday with its air quality index (AQI) falling to ‘severe plus’ or ’emergency’ category for the first time since January.

Meanwhile, a complete ban on construction activities was ordered in Delhi and nearby cities of Noida, Gurugram, Ghaziabad and Greater Noida. A ban was also announced on bursting crackers during the winter season.