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India brings authoritarianism in a desperate attempt to reduce pollution in Delhi

India brings authoritarianism in a desperate attempt to reduce pollution in Delhi, with motor vehicles that are only allowed to drive on other days

  • The police check whether approved cars travel through the streets of Delhi
  • The pollution in Delhi has reached a peak of 436, nine times the ideal amount
  • The authorities hope to get 1.2 million vehicles off the road in the next two weeks
  • Some people blame cleaning up crops in neighboring states, not the cars

New Delhi forced many private vehicles off the roads on Monday to try to reduce pollution while people gasped and burned their eyes in toxic smog that aggravated a public health crisis.

The & # 39; odd-even & # 39; schedule will limit private vehicles with odd number plates to driving on odd dates, while even-numbered plates are allowed on even-numbered dates. It was introduced days after the authorities in the Indian capital began to take emergency measures and ordered schools to close because pollution levels reached a three-year high

The air quality index of the state-run Central Pollution Control Board for New Delhi was & # 39; serious & # 39; at 436, about nine times the recommended maximum.

Vehicles are waiting for a signal at an intersection while the city in New Delhi, India is shrouded in smog

Vehicles are waiting for a signal at an intersection while the city in New Delhi, India is shrouded in smog

A police officer wears a mask to protect himself against air pollution at an intersection during restrictions for private vehicles based on license plates on a smoggy Monday morning in New Delhi, India

A police officer wears a mask to protect himself against air pollution at an intersection during restrictions for private vehicles based on license plates on a smoggy Monday morning in New Delhi, India

A police officer wears a mask to protect himself against air pollution at an intersection during restrictions for private vehicles based on license plates on a smoggy Monday morning in New Delhi, India

Traffic police officers, wearing protective masks, indicated that cars had to stop because they did not follow the temporary rule. New Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called on residents to follow the rule and on private taxi and auto rickshaw drivers to support it.

Authorities said that almost 1.2 million registered vehicles in Delhi will be off-road every day during the two-week restrictions.

People had a mixed answer, many of whom did not wear protective masks when seen outside.

& # 39; I don't think this even-odd schedule will do anything. It is mainly the stubble that burns in the states of Punjab and Haryana that contribute to the pollution, and industrial pollution is also high & # 39; said Ajay Jasra, a native of Delhi.

Air pollution in New Delhi and North Indian states peak during the winter, while farmers in neighboring agricultural areas set fire to the land after harvest and prepare for the next harvest season. The pollution in the Indian capital also peaks after Diwali celebrations, the Hindu festival of light, when people light fireworks.

Civil defense volunteers are getting ready to monitor vehicles after the local government has ordered half of the city's private cars off the road based on an odd-numbered number plate system to help reduce air pollution, today in New Delhi

Civil defense volunteers are getting ready to monitor vehicles after the local government has ordered half of the city's private cars off the road based on an odd-numbered number plate system to help reduce air pollution, today in New Delhi

Civil defense volunteers are getting ready to monitor vehicles after the local government has ordered half of the city's private cars off the road based on an odd-numbered number plate system to help reduce air pollution, today in New Delhi

People worried about the pollution say they wanted to leave the city of more than 20 million people due to poor air quality.

& # 39; I also feel like moving because I am young and still working to build my life and my career & # 39 ;, said Divyam Mathur, who lives in Delhi.

The vehicle restrictions are the city government's pet project led by the Aam Aadmi Party to combat air pollution. It was implemented twice in 2016, but remained controversial as critics discussed its success.

Vehicle and industrial emissions, stuttering pollutants and building material are increasing sharply every winter, further exacerbating the public health crisis.

Last year the New Delhi government ordered firefighters to sprinkle high-rise water to dump dust, stop the arson, and instruct builders to cover construction sites to stop dust that enveloped the area, as millions of people suffered from dangerous air quality.

World Health Organization data released last year gave India the dubious distinction of having & # 39; the world's 10 most polluted cities.

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