Delhi, November 14: The air quality in the national capital has once again dipped to 'severe' levels and therefore, the state government ordered schools in Delhi-NCR region to be shut for two days, including Thursday and Friday. However, on the occasion of Children's Day, an NGO named Prayas had arranged a run for children. This, however, upset Twitterati who have been complaining, that how can the organisation expose children to toxic air. Delhi Air Pollution: AQI Dips to 'Severe' Category in Most Areas, Holiday in Delhi-NCR Schools Today & Tomorrow.
According to an ANI tweet, Amod Kanth founder of 'Prayas' NGO defended his organisation's action by saying, "Because of the pollution, we reduced the run duration. It was symbolic run. Real program is children's day cultural event for which children were preparing for months. We didn’t know about this air quality emergency until yesterday."
Thick smog enveloped the skies on Thursday morning and people were choking and feeling breathless in the midst of the highly polluted air. The scenario was same in all the areas, including Lodhi Road area, where the major pollutants PM 2.5 & PM 10, are also both at 500 (severe category).
Check ANI tweet:
The 'Run for Children' organised by a non-profit organisation 'Prayas', has now concluded. https://t.co/0w8BUOaMGy
— ANI (@ANI) November 14, 2019
Twitterati expressing their anger:
What is this stupidity called, on one hand the schools are closed due to #DelhiAirPollution and on the other
— Dinesh 🇮🇳 (@DneshGoel) November 14, 2019
Demands strict action against the NGO:
Who has organized the #RunForChildren in Delhi? There should be legal action against them.
Children from not so privileged families are not sacrificial lambs for good optics. Horrendous.
— Sidrah (@SidrahDP) November 14, 2019
There seems to be no respite for people in the city as an increase in stubble burning in neighbouring states has furthered worsened the situation. In a bid to curb the rising pollution, Delhi government introduced the odd-even scheme. There was, however, relaxation in the rules on of Guru Nanak Jayanti, for two days.