In November 2016, the city of Delhi, India experienced a severe air pollution event known as the Great Smog of Delhi. The smog, which was caused by a combination of factors including vehicle emissions, burning of agricultural waste, and construction activity, led to hazardous air quality levels in the city.
The smog caused widespread concern among residents of Delhi and triggered a series of emergency measures. The Indian government ordered schools to close, and many flights and trains were cancelled due to poor visibility. The air quality in the city was classified as “severe,” and it was recommended that people stay indoors as much as possible to avoid exposure to the polluted air.
The Great Smog of Delhi had significant public health implications. The polluted air was linked to an increase in respiratory and cardiovascular issues, and hospitals reported a surge in patients with these types of problems. The smog also had economic impacts, with some businesses reporting a decline in sales and productivity.
The Great Smog of Delhi was a wake-up call for the Indian government and highlighted the need for action to address air pollution in the city. In response to the crisis, the government implemented a number of measures to reduce air pollution, including the implementation of stricter emission standards for vehicles and the promotion of cleaner forms of transportation. The government has also taken steps to encourage the use of cleaner fuels and to reduce the burning of agricultural waste.