On Wednesday and Thursday, the air quality had deteriorated to the "very poor" category, alarming authorities who were planning to roll out more stringent measures to combat pollution.
The Supreme Court appointed Environment Protection Control Authority (EPCA) on Friday held a meeting with Punjab, Haryana and Delhi government officials to discuss the pollution situation in the national capital. The air quality was recorded the worst in Dwarka at 361 followed by Narela at 300. India may have to face flak at the global stage with the further dipping of air quality in Delhi and northern region this weekend, sources said.
On Thursday, the PM2.5 (presence of particles in the air with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometres) touched a new high at 158.
The PM10 level (presence of particles in the air with a diameter of less than 10 micrometres) in Delhi stood at 293, according to the data from the Centre-run System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research (SAFAR). Several factors like vehicular pollution, construction activities and meteorological factors like wind speed are believed to be responsible for continuing pollution in the city.
Air quality in Delhi remained in the poor category as stubble burning in the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana continues to take a toll on the city's atmosphere.
Images by NASA showed rampant stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana in the last two weeks.
As of now, there are a few new initiatives that the central government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi is working on, but even they need to overcome the damage already done and parry the fast growth that the country is facing right now. "As December and January is nearing, the entire north India, including Delhi, is close to becoming a gas chamber", Sisodia had said.