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The Hush Post, Ludhiana: The Air Quality Index in Ludhiana was hovering between 300 and 400 in the months of October and November. However, today at about 4:30 pm people suddenly started running helter-skelter when there was a canopy of smog descending in layers in the city. Many initially thought they would drive a kilometre this way or the other way to avoid it. But soon people found that the smog had pretty much engulfed the entire city. Asthmatic patients and those already ill due to respiratory disorder were the most to suffer. Atul Saggad, the owner of Usha Apparel, said, “It was almost an emergency situation at about 5:00 pm. I am sure today inhaling a full breath was not an advisable thing.” Aman Kapila a Pakhowal based businessman said, “The smog was more than we usually notice. I was at Pakhowal road and even though the winters have set in I had switched on the fan so that breathing became easier.”The smog was a result of paddy stubble being burnt somewhere along the Pakhowal road so much so that visibility was almost zero for a few moments. However, the Central Pollution Control Board showed Ludhiana’s Air Quality Index at a reasonable 347 pretty low compared to how it felt between 4:00pm and 6:00pm when going ourdoors was impossible. Jaswinder Singh Thukral, president Janta Nagar Small Scale Manufacturers’ Association also concurred, “It was deadly outside today.” As a whatapp message circulated aptly summed it up, though in slightly different words, “Today breathing meant committing suicide.”