08 Nov '17, 11pm

Delhi takes emergency steps amid pollution crisis

The authorities in New Delhi scrambled to put in place emergency measures, including shutting down schools and warning citizens against taking their daily walks after the Indian capital continued to be blanketed in smog yesterday. Delhi's deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, in a tweet yesterday, said: "Due to the deteriorating air quality in Delhi, the health of children cannot be compromised. We have ordered the closure of all schools in Delhi until Sunday." On Tuesday, Mr Sisodia urged people to avoid their morning walks. "The situation is close to a severe crisis," he said. The Delhi government yesterday planned to discuss reviving the "odd and even car plan", which means people will be able to drive their cars only on alternate days. Under the plan, cars with licence plates ending in an even number will be allowed on the roads on even-numbered dates, and cars with li...

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