'It smells so poisonous': 'Severe' air pollution in New Delhi

  • Tuesday 12, November 2019 12:46 PM
  • 'It smells so poisonous': 'Severe' air pollution in New Delhi
Sharjah 24 – Reuters: The air quality of Indian capital New Delhi and surrounding cities dropped to 'severe' category again on Tuesday ,November 12, as a thick blanket of smog shrouded the region.
The presence of pollutant PM 2.5 in U.S. embassy's index showed at 543 at 09.00 a.m. (GMT 0330) on Tuesday. In neighbouring Ghaziabad and Noida cities, the situation was similar. Most people stayed indoors and wore pollution masks if they had to go outdoors.

A dip in wind speed and temperature is making air denser, trapping pollutants and worsening air quality, said Vivek Chattopadhyay, a senior program manager at New Delhi-based non-profit Centre for Science and Environment.

The city government of Delhi, a metropolis of over 20 million, is restricting the use of private cars until Nov. 15 with an "odd-even" system - allowing cars on alternate days, depending on whether their license plate ends in an odd or even number.