Delhi authorities announced on Friday, September 13, that an odd-even vehicle rationing system will be implemented in the capital on Monday, November 4, and Friday, November 15, as part of an anti-pollution plan. Further details regarding the restrictions were not immediately available.
India has faced criticism for high levels of air pollution in both urban centers and rural areas due to crop burning, vehicle, industrial emissions, dust from construction, and open fires. While some cities, including New Delhi, have installed air quality monitoring systems in recent years, 47 percent of the total population live in unmonitored areas.
New Delhi faced its worst air pollution crisis in decades in 2016, when approximately 1 million children were required to stay home from school and thousands of people were hospitalized for respiratory illnesses.
Individuals in Delhi are advised to abide by instructions issued by the authorities (e.g. driving restrictions), expect busier-than-normal conditions on public transit, and limit strenuous outdoor activity during periods of elevated pollution levels due to health concerns, particularly children and those with chronic respiratory illnesses.
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