New Delhi Fights Air Pollution Before Winter Hits
Before winter hits, a major campaign has started to clean up the air. Authorities warn that the lack of clean air in the city could cause COVID-19 related implications.
The air in New Delhi is notoriously polluted. The winter is specifically problematic, with a toxic haze over the second largest city in the country. A haze that is damaging to people in high-risk groups, causing the sky to be completely obscured, and even disrupting air-traffic patterns.
As reported in The New York Times, elected officials are turning to the people of New Delhi to change course before the winter. Big changes need to be made in order to prevent another haze-cloaked season. Officials hope they will be able to curb smoke and implement an anti-dust campaign, while also crowdsourcing via a mobile app where residents can report suspected polluters.
This initiative is racing against the clock of a global pandemic. The air quality, or lack thereof, in the city could lead to problems for groups who are already fighting against the risk of COVID-19. The virus that has killed millions of people worldwide impacted New Delhi greatly, with 285,000 reported cases city-wide.
With both COVID-19 and air pollution impacting the lungs, it is important that the city's effort to fight pollution starts as soon as possible.