After pollution reached an alarming stage in and around Delhi and a deadly smog choked the adjoining states, Ghaziabad District Magistrate Ritu Maheshwari on Thursday ordered the closure of all government and private schools up to Class 8 till November 12.
Earlier, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted dense fog in the morning hours throughout Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, North Rajasthan and a few places in West Uttar Pradesh.
Since past few days, Delhiites have been waking up to dense smog and haze with many complaining of burning eyes and sore nose and throat.
The air quality index of Delhi touched the severe level of 451 where anything above 100 is considered unhealthy.
This also prompted Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to order the closure of schools on Wednesday.
"Outdoor activities including assemblies should not take place in schools," Education Minister Manish Sisodia said.
A group of people has been spotted with masks on their face early morning at a local park near Dwarka on Wednesday.
Companies like Xiaomi, Eureka Forbes, Blue Air, Panasonic India, Honeywell and Sharp said they have witnessed multi-fold jump in demand for air purifiers in the last couple of days.
AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria, who is also a renowned pulmonologist, said that N95 masks and air purifiers, whose sales have increased in the last few days, may not provide full-time protection and stressed on implementation of long- term measures to tackle the crisis.
The dreadful condition has also affected the communication system throughout the city after which DMRC has announced over 180 additional trips from Friday. Charges for parking has also been increased in order to discourage use of private vehicles in light of the alarming pollution levels in the city.
Air quality in Delhi-NCR has been at the season's worst for the last couple of days as a combined effect of smoke from stubble burning and moisture turned the region into a 'gas chamber' leaving people gasping.
The deadly smog has grasped the national capital and Delhiites are forced to breath poison which is causing serious health problems.