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India’s Capital Begins First Anti-Pollution Campaign As Smog Threatens Health

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In this Sunday, Oct. 1, 2018, file photo, Hindu holy men pray during a procession on the last day of the ritual Pashan (Black Day) for Durga Puja, in Allahabad, India. Nearly two-thirds of India’s population of 1.3 billion lives in areas with unhealthful air quality, with the country’s capital alone containing 12 of the world’s 50 worst cities for pollution, according to a report issued by Greenpeace on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018.

New Delhi is introducing a seasonal anti-pollution campaign to fight winter smog, even as the crisis drags on for more than a year.

The city government says it will install dozens of closed-circuit cameras during the four months ahead of winter, when lung-choking smog travels from the west to the east through the smog-filled Indus and Yamuna rivers.

The cameras will be positioned in suspicious spots where pollution spikes. Motor vehicle and industrial emissions are blamed for the smog that engulfs Delhi during the winter, caused by temperatures, wind patterns and the mix of smoke from agricultural fields on the plains and heavy traffic.

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Last year’s anti-pollution campaign ended Feb. 1, and the pollution got worse, especially when the dry winter began.

This year’s anti-pollution campaign is expected to last for around six months. This year’s version, called Vaharshan, or Clean Air Day, will begin Nov. 4.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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