New Delhi , Nov 13 : The spike in pollution levels in Delhi is a critical moment for the staff at Vietnamese embassy who are taking care of themselves with the help of air purifiers as they do not have a choice, Vietnamese ambassador to India Pham Sanh Chau said on Wednesday.
The overall air quality index (AQI) in Delhi and NCR region today entered the 'severe' category again with not much improvement expected for the next two days. According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), the overall air quality of the national capital docked at 472 as of 730 pm.
Meanwhile, the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) has issued recommendations for Delhi-NCR in view of the deteriorating air quality in the region.
Schools should remain closed for the next two days and industries using coal and other such fuels and hot mix plants should be shut till November 15, the EPCA said in its directive.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has repeatedly blamed both Haryana and Punjab governments for the noxious smog that has enveloped Delhi and its adjoining regions as a result of the burning of crop residue in the two states.