The air quality in New Delhi has once again entered the ‘severe’ zone on Monday. It was earlier in ‘very poor’ category but the situation has now become worse and has once more touched the mark of severity.
As the world’s largest consumer of petcoke, India imports over half its annual petcoke consumption of about 27 million tons, mainly from the US. Local producers include Indian Oil Corp, Reliance Industries and Bharat Petroleum Corp.
In the emergency ward of a Delhi hospital, men and women gasp for breath as they wait to be treated for symptoms triggered by the choking blanket of smog that descended on the national capital this week
India is rapidly acquiring the unenviable reputation as the smog center of the world, overhauling China, as the capital New Delhi chokes in a deadly combination of construction dust, the burning of agricultural stubble and vehicle fumes.
Delhi is implementing a fortnight-long driving ban that will take more than a million private cars off the road from New Year’s Day in an experiment critics say falls far short of what is needed to lower the Indian capital’s lethal pollution levels.