India: Authorities considering New Delhi lockdown to cut dangerous air pollution levels | UK News


Authorities in New Delhi are considering a first-of-its-kind lockdown to combat worsening air pollution.

Schools have already been closed indefinitely as severe smog choked people living in the Indian capital and neighbouring states on Wednesday.

The number of dangerous pollution particles in New Delhi’s air was measured at seven times the safe level on Wednesday, climbing above 300 micrograms per cubic metre in some parts of the city.

A motorbike rides on the floodplains of the Yamuna river on a smoggy morning in New Delhi, India, November 17, 2021. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis
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Schools have already been closed indefinitely as severe smog choked people living in the Indian capital

A man sweeps inside a bus depot on a smoggy morning in New Delhi, India, November 16, 2021. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis
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As one of the world’s most polluted capitals, New Delhi battles chronic winter smog each year

The World Health Organisation designates the safe level for the tiny, poisonous particles at 25.

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