Accusing the administration of being incompetent in controlling pollution in the national capital, People of Delhi took to protest on Sunday. Citizens of Delhi, children, senior citizens alike took to the streets in masks protesting against pollution levels as well as government's inaction to curb it in the capital.
Anger spilt on to the streets with people including children taking a protest march to Delhi's Jantar Mantar with slogans demanding their right to clean air. Hashtags of #RightToBreath, #DelhiChokes, #SmogCapital are ruling the roost on social media encouraging more citizens to join in the protests. Protests are centered around lack of initiatives by authorities in controlling pollution causing the capital to choke.
Protesters appealed to the state and central governments to take immediate measures to save Delhi's air. This even as the center has described Delhi's smog as 'alarming' and an 'emergency'. Speaking to the media one of the protesters said, "We will hold protest every Sunday. This is an emergency, a crisis and politicians need to listen to us".
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Over 1700 schools were shut as a result of smog on Saturday in Delhi. The air quality was alarming with average level of particulate matter 2.5 being above 400 micrograms per cubic meter, still in the 'severe' category.