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Indian capital on high alert as toxic smog envelops city

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Authorities in New Delhi are restricting private vehicles from the roads on alternating days to control vehicular pollution as people in the capital continue to gasp beneath toxic smog.

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The measure restricts private vehicles with odd-number license plates to driving on odd dates while even-numbered plates are allowed on even-numbered dates.

Authorities say almost 1.2 million registered vehicles in Delhi will be off-road every day during the two-week restrictions.

Reporting from New Delhi, FRANCE 24s Mandakini Gahlot said the pollution was so high that authorities had run out of digits on its pollution displays, noting also that the sudden deterioration in air quality was due to traditional farming practices.

“Officials have said that 44 percent of the air pollution in New Delhi is due to crop burnRead More – Source