In order to deal with the alarming pollution levels in the National Capital Region post the Diwali festivities, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia called a high-level meeting on 1 November, involving all concerned departments, to discuss the necessary steps that have to be taken to combat the pollution levels on "war footing".
"Air pollution is a serious health concern for Delhi. Have called a high level meeting today, to ensure work at war footing," Sisodia tweeted.
Air pollution is a serious health concern for Delhi. Have called a high level meeting at 1pm today, ro ensure work at warfooting.— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) November 1, 2016
The meeting, which is currently underway at the Delhi Secretariat, was prompted by the dismal air pollution levels on 31 October, the morning after diwali. Delhi residents woke up to a city shrouded in a cloud of smog, and commuters found themselves stuck on stretches of roadways with zero visibility levels.
According to the Delhi Pollution Control Committee's real time monitoring mechanism, PM levels had gone way beyond the safe standard, by over 14 times at Delhi's most polluted area Anand Vihar.
Several other spots in Delhi also had similar alarming readings.