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FEATURE: Indians find novel way to tame air pollution

Thomson Reuters Foundation, NEW DELHI

India has in place policies to monitor and restrict air pollution, but they can be difficult to enforce, experts say.

However, worries about air pollution are growing.

In November last year, the capital launched its first air quality emergency action plan during a particularly hazardous week when pollution spiked.

The government halted construction within the city, raised parking fees to discourage driving and shut schools to keep children indoors.

The Indian Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change is drafting a national policy to clean the nation’s air, though its release has been delayed, said Sunil Dahiya, a senior campaigner with Greenpeace India.

“The air pollution debate and health debate is picking up in India,” Dahiya said in a telephone interview. “That momentum is forcing policymakers to make our cities more livable.”

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