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Smoggy Delhi: Sales of air purifiers and face masks soar after the city becomes a 'gas chamber'
As Delhi-NCR has become a gas chamber permeated with toxic air which has led to 'smog' like situation, pollution mask manufacturers and air purifier companies are seeing their sales soar as the demand of their products has risen manifolds.

Sales executives at 'Vijay Sales' (an electronics retail company), which runs over 20 stores in the Delhi-NCR region, say various queries related to the air purifiers or air cleaner devices have increased abruptly, as reported by Business Today.

"In the last two days, our Noida store has sold over 20 air purifiers. The sale is roughly the same in our other stores as well," said Rahul Verma, sales head at Noida store of Vijay Sales.

"There has been a three-fold increase in the sale of air purifiers at our store in the last two days. Since these products are expensive, most people go for locally-manufactured ones. However, the sale of branded products has also increased," said another electronics trader, who owns a retail shop in Lajpat Nagar.

Air purifier manufacturers such as Blueair, Eureka Forbes, Panasonic India, Sharp, Kent, Honeywell among others are witnessing a spike in sales. "With the air quality deteriorating and air pollution being a constant talking point, last 2-3 days the demand and Blueair sales per day has almost gone up 50 times to last week," a Blueair spokesperson told PTI.

Eureka Forbes MD and CEO Marzin R Shroff said, "Across the country, the demand of air purifiers has been on a significant rise showing month-on-month growth, owing to the degrading air quality in India."

Similarly, the sale of face masks have also increased after the people from Delhi/NCR experienced a thick layer of smog and complained of breathing problems such as cough, lung infections (Bronchitis), shortness of breath among other devastating respiratory issues.

According to a pharmacy owner, many people are queuing up at medical shops to buy face masks in bulk for their family members, especially by two-wheeler owners.

In the wake of the deteriorating air quality and record-high air pollution in the national capital, a bench of the Delhi High Court today directed the Union Environment Secretary to hold a meeting in the next three days of the Chief Secretaries of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to work out joint short-term plan to bring down air pollution.

Earlier, Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia had announced that primary schools in the State will remain closed till November 10 due to high air pollution in the capital city.

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