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'This city is not livable': Delhiites decry amid air pollution

Updated : 2019-11-07 18:11:26

The 2 crore residents of New Delhi, already one of the world's most polluted cities, have been suffering for weeks under a toxic haze that is up to 10 times worse than the upper limits of what is considered healthy. The pollution crisis is piling public pressure on the government to tackle the root causes of persistent haze.

Commuters wear pollution masks and drive on a road on a smoggy afternoon in New Delhi. The air quality index stood at 273 on Thursday after authorities declared a health emergency last weekend when the index crossed 500 — 10 times the level considered healthy by WHO standards. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Commuters wear pollution masks and drive on a road on a smoggy afternoon in New Delhi. The air quality index stood at 273 on Thursday after authorities declared a health emergency last weekend when the index crossed 500 — 10 times the level considered healthy by WHO standards. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Foreign tourists wear pollution masks and walk at Raisna hills, enveloped by smog in New Delhi. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Foreign tourists wear pollution masks and walk at Raisna hills, enveloped by smog in New Delhi. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
A three-wheeler driver waits for passengers at a crossing wearing a pollution mask in New Delhi. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
A three-wheeler driver waits for passengers at a crossing wearing a pollution mask in New Delhi. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Delhi Traffic policemen stand at a crossing wearing pollution masks amidst smog in New Delhi. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Delhi Traffic policemen stand at a crossing wearing pollution masks amidst smog in New Delhi. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
A man covers his face with a cloth and drives amidst smog in New Delhi.  (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
A man covers his face with a cloth and drives amidst smog in New Delhi.  (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
A cyclist paddles his cart as the city envelops in smog in New Delhi. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
A cyclist paddles his cart as the city envelops in smog in New Delhi. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
A Hindu devotee performs rituals in Yamuna river, covered by chemical foam caused due to industrial and domestic pollution, during Chhath Puja festival in New Delhi.  (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File)
A Hindu devotee performs rituals in Yamuna river, covered by chemical foam caused due to industrial and domestic pollution, during Chhath Puja festival in New Delhi.  (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File)
A devotee performs rituals in the Yamuna river, covered with chemical foam. Authorities are tackling a large amount of toxic foam floating in the Yamuna River, caused partly by high ammonia levels emanating from industrial pollutants. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File)
A devotee performs rituals in the Yamuna river, covered with chemical foam. Authorities are tackling a large amount of toxic foam floating in the Yamuna River, caused partly by high ammonia levels emanating from industrial pollutants. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File)
Schoolchildren protest outside the Indian Environment Ministry against alarming levels of pollution in the city.  Air pollution in New Delhi and northern Indian states peaks in the winter as farmers in neighbouring agricultural regions set fire to clear land after the harvest and prepare for the next crop season. (AP Photo/Shonal Ganguly)
Schoolchildren protest outside the Indian Environment Ministry against alarming levels of pollution in the city.  Air pollution in New Delhi and northern Indian states peaks in the winter as farmers in neighbouring agricultural regions set fire to clear land after the harvest and prepare for the next crop season. (AP Photo/Shonal Ganguly)
Schoolchildren protest outside the Indian Environment Ministry against alarming levels of pollution in the city, in New Delhi. The pollution in the Indian capital also peaks after Diwali celebrations, the Hindu festival of light, when people set off fireworks. (AP Photo/Shonal Ganguly)
Schoolchildren protest outside the Indian Environment Ministry against alarming levels of pollution in the city, in New Delhi. The pollution in the Indian capital also peaks after Diwali celebrations, the Hindu festival of light, when people set off fireworks. (AP Photo/Shonal Ganguly)
Schoolchildren protest outside the Indian Environment Ministry against alarming levels of pollution in the city. Air pollution in New Delhi and northern Indian states peaks in the winter as farmers in neighboring agricultural regions set fire to clear land after the harvest and prepare for the next crop season. (AP Photo/Shonal Ganguly)
Schoolchildren protest outside the Indian Environment Ministry against alarming levels of pollution in the city. Air pollution in New Delhi and northern Indian states peaks in the winter as farmers in neighboring agricultural regions set fire to clear land after the harvest and prepare for the next crop season. (AP Photo/Shonal Ganguly)
A man carries a child on his shoulder and participates in a protest against the alarming levels of pollution in the city, near the India Gate monument in New Delhi. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
A man carries a child on his shoulder and participates in a protest against the alarming levels of pollution in the city, near the India Gate monument in New Delhi. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Children wear masks and hold placards during a protest against the alarming levels of pollution in the city, near the India Gate. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Children wear masks and hold placards during a protest against the alarming levels of pollution in the city, near the India Gate. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Children wear masks and hold placards during a protest against the alarming levels of pollution in the city, near the India Gate. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Children wear masks and hold placards during a protest against the alarming levels of pollution in the city, near the India Gate. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
The 2 crore residents of New Delhi, already one of the world's most polluted cities, have been suffering for weeks under a toxic haze that is up to 10 times worse than the upper limits of what is considered healthy. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
The 2 crore residents of New Delhi, already one of the world's most polluted cities, have been suffering for weeks under a toxic haze that is up to 10 times worse than the upper limits of what is considered healthy. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
The pollution crisis is piling public pressure on the government to tackle the root causes of persistent haze. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
The pollution crisis is piling public pressure on the government to tackle the root causes of persistent haze. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
A child sports a mask with the words 'Enough' during a protest against the alarming levels of pollution in the city, near the India Gate monument in New Delhi. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
A child sports a mask with the words 'Enough' during a protest against the alarming levels of pollution in the city, near the India Gate monument in New Delhi. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
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