With air pollution climbing to perilous levels in Delhi, three political leaders distributed masks to people in the city and slammed the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Admi Party (AAP) government for "not taking any corrective measures".
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa said it was a "non-political" initiative to help the people. He was joined by rebel AAP MLA Kapil Mishra and BJP leader Arvinder Singh Lovely as they distributed the masks to people at the Connaught Place.
They hit out at the Kejriwal government for not making any efforts to help the people in the crisis caused by the "unbearable" air pollution. "The city is facing severe air pollution for the past two days, but Kejriwal has failed to take any steps except for tweeting and writing letters," Sirsa claimed.
Mishra, a former minister in the Kejriwal government, also attacked the government over its "inaction".
"A few days back, the Kejriwal government offered Rs 1,500 crore for not increasing the Metro fares. It means they have no paucity of funds but they are not doing anything. The money could be used for purchasing 3,000 buses," he said.
The toxic haze hanging over Delhi today thickened, leading to near zero visibility at many places, even as air quality slid further.
The air quality index of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had a score of 487 on a scale of 500, indicating 'severe' levels of pollution, which can affect even healthy people and "seriously impact" those with existing diseases. PTI
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