10:02 GMT07 March 2021
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    New Delhi (Sputnik): Just as the Supreme Court of India condemned the Government over deteriorating air quality, a thick blanket of smog enveloped Delhi and adjoining regions, with AQI indexes shooting up to ‘severe’ levels and actress Richa Chadha joining in the slamming of the government.

    “Masaan” star, actress Richa Chadha, known for making bold statements and choices of characters in her films, has taken straight aim against the government over increased levels of pollution in New Delhi. The city has recently been named the most polluted capital in the world.

    Calling it a failure of the Government, the actress tweeted, “we are dying”.

    The Air Quality Index (AQI) in areas of the national capital city spiked to the “hazardous” category, 500 in some areas, with 425 being the overall level on Tuesday.

    Residents, however, will have no respite as pollution levels are expected to spike to the emergency category in the near future, due to the dip in temperatures and wind speeds, according to the government's air quality monitor. 

    Netizens also joined lampooning the government over its inefficiency to control the situation. Some also condemned voters for choosing the government on the basis of caste, creed and religion while negating important issues like health and education.

    The PM 2.5 levels of AQI had already breached the emergency threshold of 300 on Monday.

    At the levels of PM 2.5 – tiny atmospheric particulate matter less than 2.5 microns in diameter can enter deep into the lungs and bloodstream, threatening chronic diseases and conditions including lung disease, heart disease, cancer, and asthma.

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