Last Week, New Delhi’s air pollution reached as high as 30 times above the World Health Organization Guidelines. This has been the highest level in 20 years. The Indian officials declared an emergency and The Chief minister told people to stay home and not go to work. A a result of this, the Indian business groups said 5 to 10 percent of the workforce in the city called in sick over the past week.
India has one of the highest populations in the World, and that contributes to the air population. The reason for such a high air population at this time was because there was field burning on nearby farmland and fireworks from a recent Diwali festival. This worsened the smog conditions. To reduce the air population, construction sites have been closed, operations at a coal-fired power station have been stopped, and diesel generators were stopped. The city officials are working towards creating traffic restrictions, in order to to reduce the amount of smog in the atmosphere for the future.