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India forced to take emergency measures as polluted capital gasps for air

Christian Fernsby |
Schools in New Delhi will be closed all through week, government employees will work from home, construction activities will grind to a halt because of a the severe air pollution crisis that has crippled life in India’s sprawling capital.

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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.

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