India’s top court accuse state government of on air pollution

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India’s top court has accused state governments of “passing the buck” on air pollution and failing to take action to tackle Delhi’s toxic smog.

The Supreme Court said authorities were only interested in gimmicks, rather than concrete measures to combat pollution levels.

Levels of dangerous particles in the air known as PM2.5 are at well over 10 time’s safe limits in the capital.

City authorities have responded by launching a car rationing system.

From 4 to 15 November, cars with odd or even number plates will only be allowed on the roads on alternate days, officials said.

Such a system has been used before but it is not clear if it helps lower pollution levels.