官方APP下载:英语学习播客(支持苹果手机、安卓手机)
创办于2003年
UNSV记不住?那就记中文谐音“忧安思危”吧!
  Slow and Steady Wins the Race!
UNSV英语学习频道 - Slow and steady wins the race!
公众微信服务号
英语全能特训(微信公众服务号)
UNSV英语学习频道淘宝网店
客服短信:18913948480
客服邮箱:web@unsv.com
初级VIP会员
全站英语学习资料下载。
¥98元/12个月

India's Capital Restricts Car Use to Improve Air Quality

作者:Bryan Lynn 发布日期:11-5-2019

Indian officials have banned half of all private vehicles from operating in the capital, New Delhi, because of poor air quality.

An order announced Monday creates a system based on vehicle license numbers to restrict personal car use on New Delhi's roads. Vehicles with odd number license plates are permitted to operate only on odd numbered dates, such as five, seven and nine. Those with even numbers can be driven in the city only on even dates, such as six, eight and 10.

Officials estimate the new rule will keep about 1.2 million registered vehicles off the roads each day. More than 600 police teams were deployed around the capital with the power to hand out $60 fines to drivers failing to obey the law.

Officials said the measure will remain in place until at least November 15.

The ban does not affect New Delhi's seven million motorcycles and scooters or public transportation vehicles.

Indian and foreign tourists wear pollution mask and take a walk at the India Gate amidst morning smog in New Delhi, India, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Indian and foreign tourists wear pollution mask and take a walk at the India Gate amidst morning smog in New Delhi, India, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

The restrictions were ordered as the city government declared a public health emergency because of pollution levels.

India's Central Pollution Control Board said on Sunday the average air quality index, or AQI, for New Delhi was at 494, the highest level since November 2016, when it reached 497.

The AQI is considered good when the number is below 50, and "satisfactory" when it stays under 100. AQI levels between 301 and 500 are considered 'hazardous' for all population groups.

Air pollution levels across northern India reach their highest level before winter as farmers set fire to clear their fields after the harvest.

In New Delhi, air quality is also affected by Diwali. The Hindu religious holiday is celebrated around this time of year and includes the widespread lighting of fireworks.

Information released by the World Health Organization last year showed that India had the world's 10 most polluted cities.

A Delhi Traffic police officer wears a pollution mask and clears the irritants in his eyes in New Delhi, India, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
A Delhi Traffic police officer wears a pollution mask and clears the irritants in his eyes in New Delhi, India, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Delhi's chief minister Arvind Kejriwal spoke about the latest air quality in a video published on Twitter.

'There is smoke everywhere and people, including youngsters, kids, elderly are finding it difficult to breathe,' he said. 'Eyes are burning. Pollution is that bad.'

The Indian government has blamed more than half the capital's air pollution on emissions from vehicles and industry operations. In other measures, officials ordered a temporary ban on work at building projects and schools were closed until Wednesday.

India's Supreme Court called Monday for state governments to take steps to reduce worsening air quality that it said "could not be allowed in a civilized country."

The court added, "This can't go on. People aren't safe even inside their houses and rooms."

I'm Bryan Lynn.

Bryan Lynn wrote this story for VOA Learning English, based on reports from The Associated Press, Reuters, Agence France-Presse and VOA News. George Grow was the editor.

We want to hear from you. Write to us in the Comments section, and visit our Facebook page.

Words in This Story

license n. an official document permitting a person to do or have something

scooter n. a small motorcycle

hazardous adj. dangerous

elderly adj. old or aging

emission n. the act of releasing something, such as gases from vehicles or factories

allow v. to permit or let

版权所有©2003-2019 南京通享科技有限公司,保留所有权利。未经书面许可,严禁转载本站内容,违者追究法律责任。 互联网经营ICP证:苏B2-20120186
网站备案:苏公网安备 32010202011039号苏ICP备05000269号-1中国工业和信息化部网站备案查询
广播台