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SC expresses concern as smog situation worsens; Delhi govt blames UP, Haryana


Meenakshi Upreti,CNN-IBN
Nov 08, 2012 at 08:56pm IST

Delhi: A thick layer of smog continues to envelope the national capital on Thursday. The Supreme Court has expressed concern, but the Delhi government, unsure as to what has caused the smog, says it's because of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

Delhi Chief Minsiter Sheila Dikshit says, "We are not responsible, neighboring states polluting." But activists say that Delhi's pollution level is at an all time high. According to a CSE finding, pollution levels are six times above the permissible limit.

"Air quality deteriorating, pollution level up," CSE Arumita said. The Delhi pollution control board has finally called a meet of heads of the DDA and civic bodies to discuss the situation.

The MET department which blames low wind speeds, high humidity, farm fires and pollution for the smog, says it will come down before going up again. "Smog will reduce from tomorrow but it will again rise by November 13," MET said.

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.

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