Taj Mahal gets air purifier as Indian capital chokes

Clay Curtis
November 7, 2019

One of the residents stated that "I have to wear an anti-pollution mask as Air Quality Index (AQI) has crossed 400 marks and the lungs have turned to brown from red and have become hard to breathe".

As smog levels exceeded those of Beijing by more than three times, authorities also parked a van with an air purifier near the Taj Mahal - the iconic 17th-century marble mausoleum 250 kilometres south of Delhi - in a bid to clean the air in its surrounds.

According to the local residents of Kanpur, there is a difficulty in breathing due to the increasing pollution levels.

The smog has led to schools being closed across the city. He said, "Why can't you help farmers with machines & money & pick up the stubble for use somewhere else".

Burning of crops in southeast Punjab - a major driver of northern India's pollution crisis.

Schools reopened on Wednesday in New Delhi after the toxic air level was reduced by more than half since last weekend, when authorities declared a public health emergency.

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"I have a headache every day I wake up. The precipitation will cover Delhi-NCR, Uttarakhand, Punjab Haryana, Rajasthan and western Uttar Pradesh", said Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of IMD's regional weather forecasting centre. And inflammation in the nostrils and all.

As Delhiites woke up on Monday, levels of particulates measuring less than 2.5 microns - so tiny they enter deep into the respiratory tract - were at 613 micrograms per cubic metre of air, according to the USA embassy in Delhi.

Addressing the issue of the high pollution levels in Delhi-NCR, the Supreme Court of India on Monday, November 4, has summoned the Chief Secretaries of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana over the issue of stubble burning.

But national environment minister Prakash Javadekar accused Kejriwal of politicising the issue, while an MP from the governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) dismissed the odd-even auto rule as a "stunt" and said he planned to ignore it. We need a roadmap to stop stubble burning.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said he was glad to see that pollution levels had come down, but efforts have to be made to ensure there is no increase.

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