NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian authorities announced Friday a plan to limit the circulation of private cars for nearly two weeks in New Delhi, after a major Indian festival with fireworks covered the city with toxic smoke and dust. Private petrol and diesel cars will be able to drive in the Indian capital on alternate days from 4 to 15 November, depending on their registration number, even or odd, said the Chief Minister of State, Arvind Kerjiwal. He told the press that a similar plan in 2016 reduced air pollution by 13%.
Kejriwal also announced plans to sweep the streets by mechanical means, plant trees and control pollution at 12 crucial points in the city. The state government will sell certified mouthpieces that filter at least 95% of the dust suspended in the air. HELP Us Click the Google News star and follow usThe official urged people not to light rockets during the Diwali festival on October 27 to prevent the build-up of smoke. According to data from the World Health Organization last year, India has the 10 most polluted cities in the world. Air pollution usually peaks on November 1 when toxic smoke arrives from burning fields in Haryana and Punjab states due to wind direction. Last year, the New Delhi government ordered firefighters to water from tall buildings to settle the dust, banned the burning of rubbish, and ordered cover of construction sites to prevent dust from spreading.