New Delhi has banned lorries from entering the city and announced restrictions on cars as part of radical plans to crackdown on pollution.
Health officials declared a public health emergency in India’s capital earlier this week, after a choking blanket of smog descended on it.
Tens of thousands of schools in the city and surrounding areas remain closed, as calls mount for urgent government action to tackle the ‘gas chamber’.
Volunteers have handed out green pollution masks to residents of India’s capital to make a statement about the city’s choking smog.
Alarming reports show the city’s levels of PM2.5 pollutants have breached 1,000mg this week – more than triple the 300mg level that is deemed highly dangerous.
The city’s transport minister, Kailash Gahlot, has now announced plans to limit car use to alternate days from next week.