Delhi-NCR continues to reel under air emergency, schools shut
The air quality in the Delhi-NCR stood at 470 at 9 am in severe category, according to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR).

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New Delhi (NVI): There was no let-up in pollution levels in national capital region today with its air quality remaining “severe” even as its schools were ordered shut till Friday in the wake of air emergency.

The continuing high pollution level is being mainly attributed to a fall in temperature and wind speed that has led to the accumulation of pollutants in the atmosphere. The situation was further exacerbated by a thick cloud cover that blocked sunlight.

The air quality in the Delhi-NCR stood at 470 at 9 am, according to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR).

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data showed that Faridabad recorded AQI at 441, Ghaziabad at 481, Greater Noida 469, Gurugram 427 while Noida at 474 till 10 am today.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said yesterday that the ongoing odd-even restrictions on vehicles on Delhi roads as part of the fight against pollution may be “further extended if the situation so demands”.

-nad