The Supreme Court on Saturday directed the government to take urgent steps to tackle the severe air pollution in Delhi, Live Law reported. Chief Justice NV Ramana said the situation is so bad that the city’s residents have to wear masks even at home.

“Tell us how immediately we can reduce AQI [air quality index] by 200 points,” Ramana asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta while hearing a petition related to the deteriorating air quality in the Capital. “If required, think of two days of lockdown or something, how will people live?”

Justice DY Chandrachud expressed concern about schoolchildren being exposed to the pollution. “[All India Institute of Medical Sciences chief] Dr [Randeep] Guleria said there is Covid, dengue and pollution and children are going out in this kind of weather,” he said, according to NDTV.

The court asked the Centre and the states to inform it about the proposed measures to tackle the pollution in Delhi by Monday, when it will take up the case again.

Delhi remained shrouded in smog on Saturday. The city’s air quality index was 473, which falls in the “severe” category, according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research, or Safar.

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