Air pollution shuts down New Delhi
26 Mar 2018
Asia-Pacific SDG Partnership
© 2018 United Nations, Asian Development Bank, United Nations Development Programme Published in March 2018
Air pollution is becoming increasingly serious in India, and debilitating smog in New Delhi during the winter months (November–February) is a recurring phenomenon. In November 2017, the city experienced an extremely severe shock from air pollution, with PM2.5 levels rising steeply. Regular sources of ongoing pollution in the city – including industrial smoke stacks, hotels and restaurants using coal, vehicle emissions, and dust from construction and demolition sites – were compounded by seasonal events.