Thirty-two flights were diverted from Delhi airport of India on Sunday morning due to low visibility caused by a thick smog that enveloped the national capital.The air quality index (AQI) hit 473 at 9 am, according to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data. The air quality at most monitoring stations was in the ‘severe’ category. At ITO, the AQI levels were 488, while at Anand Vihar and RK Puram they were 483 and 457, reports PTI.
The Delhi airport operator tweeted that flight operations have been affected and requested passengers to contact airlines for updated flight information.
New Delhi Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted asking the central government to take immediate steps to provide relief.
The pollution levels had gone below the “emergency” levels on Saturday after rain in some parts of Delhi and an increase in wind speed.
The Supreme Court-mandated Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority had declared a health emergency in the city on Friday.
It has directed measures, including shutting down of schools and a complete ban on construction activities in Delhi and neighbouring towns until November 5.