Delhi and surrounding areas woke up to a thick haze and smog on Wednesday. The air pollution in Delhi-NCR hit emergency levels with the AQI of 500+. According to the government’s air quality monitoring system - System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research - the early morning readings of the NCR showed a bleak picture. While Noida registered a frightening AQI of 572, overall Delhi’s pollution level stood at 467. Gurugram was also in the emergency zone with an AQI of 511. Another monitoring agency - Central Pollution Control Board – also had similar results for Ghaziabad. The city recorded as AQI of 472 with Indirapuram’s AQI hovering at 466 and Vasundhara at 479. Other cities around Delhi such as Faridabad and Greater Noida fared no better. Faridabad’s AQI was registered at 441 and Greater Noida’s air was equally bad at 462.