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Delhi implements 16-step plan to tackle air pollution

| Updated: October 01, 2022 15:34:17


Vehicles are seen on a highway on a smoggy morning in New Delhi, India, December 2, 2021. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis Vehicles are seen on a highway on a smoggy morning in New Delhi, India, December 2, 2021. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis

The Indian capital of New Delhi will enforce a 15-step action plan to curb pollution ahead of the arrival of winter, when a haze of toxic smog envelops the world's most polluted city.

High pollution is an annual sore point for Delhi, when several people are put to risk due to a high concentration of tiny airborne particles, especially in October and November.

Authorities urge people to stay indoors as burning of crop waste ahead of a new sowing season and lower temperatures trap pollutants in the air for longer, often forcing the closure of schools, with curbs placed on use of private vehicles.

We are announcing a 15-point winter action plan," Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal told a news conference at which he laid out the measures to reduce pollution, though the annual campaign has had little impact for years.

Measures to help limit dust in the air will include installation of anti-smog guns and water sprinklers, he added.

The government will also ensure that people do not burn waste materials, a major cause of pollution, reports Reuters. 

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