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Millions in New Delhi are forced to endure 'eye-burning' smog

AFP, Reuters/New Delhi
Filed on November 5, 2019

(AFP file)

Kejriwal's government has ordered half the city's private cars to be taken off the road.

Millions of people in India's capital started the week on Monday choking through 'eye-burning' smog, with schools closed, cars taken off the road and construction halted.

A poisonous haze envelops New Delhi every winter, caused by vehicle fumes, industrial emissions and smoke from agricultural burning in neighbouring states. But the current crisis has turned into the worst in three years, and New Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called for a range of measures to fight what he described as "unbearable pollution".

Kejriwal's government has ordered half the city's private cars to be taken off the road, based on an odd-even registration plate system.

Pulling up authorities for their failure to curb air pollution, the Supreme Court on Monday asked the state government of Delhi, its neighbouring states and the federal government to work together to help improve air quality.


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