Not Delhi, But Varanasi Tops The List of Country's Most Polluted City

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Commercial trucks are now banned from the city unless they are transporting essential commodities and the Delhi transport department said it re-introduced an "odd-even" scheme under which cars with license plates ending in an odd number are allowed one day and even-numbered cars the next day.

"The situation as it exists today is the worst that I have seen in my 35 years staying in the city of Delhi", Arvind Kumar, a lung surgeon at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, told NDTV. Delhi's smog led to the Indian Medical Association declaring a "public health emergency". "Closing down all offices".

Expressing anxiety over the risky air quality levels in the National Capital Region (NCR), apex industry body Assocham on Friday urged the Centre and the governments of Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh to establish a clear strategy to aggressively tackle air pollution.

After Delhi, it is Lucknow that is facing intense air pollution.

Kejriwal has maintained that the city has turned into a "gas chamber" and its alarmingly deteriorating air pollution has created an "emergency situation". According to a 2015 study conducted by scientists from the Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute, half of Delhi's 4.4 million school children have diminished lung capacity.

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Pollution in India's capital is stuck at extremely unsafe levels, at a time of year when such events are becoming all too common. It said: "Delhi once again has become a veritable gas chamber with denizens finding it hard to breathe".

As NCR chokes on bad air, other cities in the Northern part of India are also hit hard by the high concentrations of PM10 in the air.

"Sprinkling water is the only way to bring down the risky pollution levels", said Shruti Bhardwaj, the environment ministry's senior most official in charge of monitoring air quality.

Though the prime cause is attributed to the burning of residue of crops in Haryana and Punjab during October and November, the Union government and the governments of Delhi and the adjoining states always react in a knee-jerk manner.