Battling India's air pollution: Experts stress need for long-term regulations, stricter implementation

Stressing need for long-term laws, experts lament weak enforcement and coordination

A tourist at the Taj Mahal in Agra wearing a face mask to protect against air pollution. Analysts say India's plans to tackle the problem suffer from lackadaisical enforcement and lack of coordination. There are few penalties, and little transparency
A tourist at the Taj Mahal in Agra wearing a face mask to protect against air pollution. Analysts say India's plans to tackle the problem suffer from lackadaisical enforcement and lack of coordination. There are few penalties, and little transparency. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Conversations in Delhi today are punctuated with coughs and existential questions.

As pollution readings reach record highs in the city, the 20 million residents wonder how the smog can lift, and when they will be able to breathe freely again.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 08, 2019, with the headline 'Battling India's air pollution'. Print Edition | Subscribe