'Next 15 days crucial': Delhi Minister on deteriorating air quality in national capital
Delhi air quality: The next 15 days will be critical in the face of rising pollution and deteriorating air quality, said Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Thursday.
"When compared to the earlier times, the situation has definitely gone better. However, according to the experts, the next 15 days will be crucial. The government is working on how to cut the sources that cause pollution," the Delhi Minister.
Rai also called for cooperation among the Central government and the state government.
"We must work together to bring the situation under control. Everyone should be aware of it," he said.
Meanwhile, the national capital's air quality remained in the ' very poor' category for the fifth day in a row on Thursday, with an Air Quality Index of 346, according to SAFAR-India.
The city's AQI has been in the ' very poor' category since Sunday (309), according to SAFAR-India.
Since then, Delhi's air quality has continued to deteriorate.
According to data from the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR)-India, the AQI was 322 on Monday, 327 on Tuesday, and 336 on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, commuters are suffering from health problems that show no signs of amelioration.
"There is so much pollution here in Delhi. We are finding it difficult to breathe. We are facing irritation in the eyes too. People are flocking to doctors with respiratory problems or eye issues including many others. The Delhi government should extend its effort to curb the pollution", said Sanjay Verma, a commuter stated.