| 16 June 2024, Sunday |

Pollution curbs lifted in Indian capital although air quality ‘very poor’

Authorities said on Monday that primary schools would reopen this week in New Delhi, the capital of India, and restrictions on some building activities will be lifted after pollution levels decreased from severe to “very poor.”

The capital’s residents have been waking up to hazy mornings with a greyish sky in recent weeks.

The city’s 20 million residents see an increase in respiratory ailments as a result of the thick layer of smog that covers it in winter due to the cold, heavy air trapping construction dust, automobile emissions, and smoke from agricultural stubble burning in neighboring states.

The air quality index in nearly all monitoring stations in the city was between 300 to 400 or in the “very poor” category on Monday, which experts say leads to respiratory illness on prolonged exposure.

  • Reuters