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Nov 09, 2012 at 10:42am IST

Delhi: Pollution at all-time high, leads to thick smog

New Delhi: A thick layer of smog continues to envelope Delhi amid rising concerns. The Supreme Court has expressed concern, but the Delhi government unsure as to what has caused smog said that it's because of neighbouring states Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said, "We are not responsible, neighboring states are polluting."

But activists say that Delhi's pollution level is at an all time high. According to a Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) finding, pollution levels are six times above the permissible limit. The Delhi pollution control board has finally called a meeting of heads of the DDA and civic bodies. DPCC Secretary said, "People who burn leaves will be given five years punishment or heavy fine."

Meanwhile, the MET department blamed low wind speeds, high humidity, farm fires and pollution for the smog and said that it will come down before going up again. One of the official said, "Smog will reduce from tomorrow but it will again rise by November 13." Even though the MET department says that smog is likely to dissipate temporarily due to north western winds but with Diwali just around the corner pollution level in the city remain a major concern.