New Delhi: Delhiites woke up to thick blanket of smog for the fifth consecutive day on Friday with air quality in several areas dipping to ‘severe-plus’ pollution levels even as the Delhi government kept up suspense on extending the odd-even car rationing scheme on its 12th and final day.

At 7 am, the air quality in several areas of the Delhi and NCR, including Pusa Road (777), Dwarka Sector 8 (930), Pragati Vihar (733), Anand Vihar (535), Noida Sector 125 (665), Noida Sector 62 (538), US Embassy in Chanakyapuri (660), Jahagirpuri (610), Narela (808), Bawana (865), Okhla (722), Satyawati College in Ashok Vihar (757), Sonia Vihar (565), Alipur (644), Sri Aurobindo Marg (733), Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business in Rohini (765) and Patparganj (571) crossed the ‘severe-plus’ category.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is scheduled to address a press conference at noon today, a day after saying the odd-even scheme could be extended beyond November 15 “if the need arises”.

He also appealed to opposition parties, which have termed the scheme an “election stunt” of the AAP government, to shun their resistance to the scheme. “Pollution has increased drastically. All of Delhi is demanding odd-even. At such a time, the Opposition should support the people’s wish,” he said.

“If the need arises, we will extend it (odd-even scheme),” Kejriwal said in response to media queries on whether the initiative aimed at curbing vehicular pollution will be extended.

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