Delhi’s pollution hotspots: Vehicles and factories suffocate Shahdara

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Neighbourhood News Desk/Avi Arya: Residents of Shahdara recall their experience in the week ending November 12th as walking around with chilli powder in their eyes and throats. Others remember smog so thick that they dared not venture out, some were placed under house-arrest, while others considered leaving Delhi altogether.

Road dust and vehicular emissions compound the problem as the neighbourhood is crisscrossed by some of the busiest roads in Delhi-NCR. NH-9 that connects Malout in Punjab to Pithoragarh in Uttrakhand, and State Highway-57 that connects Delhi to Yamunotri in Uttrakhand run through Shahdara.With people illegally adding rooms to their flats and renting them out, the colony’s population has gone up three to four times over the past two decades.

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