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New Delhi announces special measures to fight notorious winter air pollution

NEW DELHI – New Delhi is imposing new rules to reduce its notoriously snarled traffic and fight extreme air pollution that has earned India’s capital the title of world’s most polluted city.

From Jan. 1, for several weeks, private cars will only be allowed on roads on alternate days, depending on whether their license plates end in even or odd numbers. The city’s pollution peaks during the cold winter months.

The city also plans to shut down one of its thermal power plants and to buy special vacuum cleaning equipment to reduce the dust that shrouds the city.