Delhi pollution: Metro to run extra train trips from tomorrow

ANI | Updated: Nov 08, 2017 22:46 IST

New Delhi [India], November 8 (ANI): In the wake of the alarming level of pollution, the Delhi Metro has decided to run extra train trips across the metro network from tomorrow.

As the national capital is reeling under toxic level of pollution, a thick layer of smog is affecting visibility on the roads leading to accidents.

Earlier in the day, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal sent a letter to chief ministers of neighbouring states- Punjab and Haryana, urging them to work jointly to resolve the air pollution issue.

"We have to jointly work to resolve such issues in a spirit of mutual cooperation in larger public interest to improve the air quality. One of the main reasons of air pollution in the national capital is the stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana," the letter read.

He also urged the chief ministers of the two states to conduct a meeting in the coming days to discuss the issue.

"You are aware about the poor air quality in Delhi. It has become difficult to breathe. Delhi has become a gas chamber and I had to order the closure of the schools here to save lives of the young children from adverse effects of the air pollution," the letter further read.

Kejriwal also blamed the states for their failure in curbing the problem of stubble burning.

"Farmers are helpless. In the absence of any economically viable alternative, they are forced to burn stubbles," the letter stated.

A thick layer of smog canopied the national capital earlier this morning leading to hazardous pollution levels. (ANI)