Delhi smog like be­ing in a ‘gas cham­ber’

The Myanmar Times - - World -

DELHI was com­pared to a “gas cham­ber” by its chief min­is­ter, as 1800 schools were shut fol­low­ing one of the city’s worst-ever pol­lu­tion spells.

Thick smog has blan­keted the In­dian cap­i­tal for days, with lo­cal and cen­tral au­thor­i­ties meet­ing to re­solve the cri­sis.

“The pol­lu­tion has gone up so much that it is like a gas cham­ber out­side,” Delhi state chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal said.

He said fire­works dur­ing the re­cent Di­wali Hindu fes­ti­val only “marginally added” to the pol­lu­tion lev­els, which are fu­elled by ve­hi­cles and trash burn­ing.

“The pri­mary rea­son for the cur­rent spell is crop burn­ing in neigh­bour­ing states,” Mr Ke­jri­wal added.

New Delhi’s air qual­ity has wors­ened over the years, a re­sult of rapid ur­ban­i­sa­tion that brings pol­lu­tion from diesel en­gines, coal-fired power plants and in­dus­trial emis­sions.

It also suf­fers from pol­lu­tion from open fires lit by the ur­ban poor to keep warm in win­ter and for cook­ing.

A new study by UNICEF says some 300 mil­lion chil­dren live with out­door air so pol­luted it can cause se­ri­ous phys­i­cal dam­age, with the sit­u­a­tion most acute in South Asia. –

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