India forced to take emergency measures as polluted capital gasps for air
Authorities announced the measures on Saturday after India’s Supreme Court asked the government to take immediate action to rein in soaring pollution that has left New Delhi and its citizens gasping for clean air.
Arvind Kejriwal, chief minister of New Delhi, admitted that the city is facing an “emergency like situation” with toxic air quality and dangerous smog conditions.
“Schools will remain shut for a week and revert to online classes … (and) construction activities have been banned from Nov. 14 to Nov. 17.
"Government offices will also have employees working from home for a week,” he told reporters, adding that private offices will also be pushed to keep workers at home. ■