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It may reintroduce its odd-even scheme to regulate vehicular movement, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) IMA has also appealed to the Delhi government to shut down outdoor sports and other such activities in schools keeping in view the harmful impact of air pollution on the health of the children. The situation will be monitored hourly and after tomorrow, further decisions for Thursday would be taken after looking at the parameter.

According to data from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the average Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi at 3 p.m. was 446 - with major pollutant PM2.5, or particles with a diameter less than 2.5mm recorded at 418 units.

"Only if the political parties ruling Delhi would have spent as much time and energy on critical issues as they spend on fighting political battles, we would not be facing this environmental crisis once again", Mr Anupam said in a statement. Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court said on Tuesday that stubble burning was the "main villain" behind the severe level of pollution in the Capital.

It also recommended an increase in the frequency of service, including deploying more coaches and introduction of lower fares during off-peak hours. Sisodia said the Government had also advised citizens not to burn dry leaves, crop residue, wood, coal etc.

The Directorate of Education (DoE) has also issued a circular to schools about the closure. "But the entire city seems like a gas chamber and though its not technically severe, advisories are being issued to all schools to stop outdoor activities for all school students due to the prevailing air pollution".

"In the light of the deteriorating air quality in the city, classes nursery to fifth in all government, Government aided, private, MCD, NDMC, DCB and unrecognised schools will remain closed on Wednesdday". All teachers, however, shall attend school as usual.