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Delhi gears up to tackle air pollution ahead of winter

TBP Desk
30 Sep 2022 16:49:16 | Update: 30 Sep 2022 17:09:53
Delhi gears up to tackle air pollution ahead of winter
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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, Reuters reports.

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

Authorities urge people to stay indoors as the 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 the use of private vehicles.

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"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 the 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.

Tough measures to check vehicular pollution include curbs on the usage of diesel-fuelled vehicles older than 10 years and petrol-run vehicles older than 15.

Pollution levels also peak during Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, which falls on October 24 this year. The government renewed a ban on firecrackers this month, Reuters said.

The Delhi city government will draft thousands of volunteers to ensure the anti-pollution measures are followed, Kejriwal added. He urged neighbouring states to ensure a constant supply of electricity and so limit the use of diesel-run power generators.