New Delhi has long recognised that it has a pollution problem. But since Diwali, a week ago, the thick 24X7 smog that has enveloped the city has presented a stark visual reminder of just how bad things are. So bad in fact that the city's usually insular residents have been forced into the streets to demonstrate for their right to breathe.
On Sunday, a protest organised by nine private citizens drew students, parents and doctors to Jantar Mantar to demand that the Union and state governments do something about what is being described as an emergency situation.
The organisers put out a list of demands for the government to address the city's appalling polution issue.
Develop a better environment friendly public transport system.
Strict ban on firecrackers and air pollutants through the year.
Stop burning crops in and around Delhi at all times.
Create a proper waste-management system.
Restrict construction pollution.
Restrict the entry of trucks to the city by creating bypasses.
Shut down thermal power plants.
Creat a pollution emergency plan in case of spikes in particulate matter.