Indian capital starts restricting cars to clear air

NEW DELHI (AP) — The New Delhi government has begun a second round of a two-week car restriction to reduce air pollution that has made the Indian capital the world’s most polluted city.

The city’s top elected official Arvind Kejriwal says private cars will be allowed on the streets on alternate days from Friday until April 30 based on even or odd license plate numbers.

Similar restrictions in January had led to a significant reduction in pollution levels after more than one-third of the city’s 3 million cars went off the roads.

Emergency vehicles, women drivers and two-wheelers are exempt.

The World Health Organization said last year that the Indian capital had the worst air quality in the world in 2014, surpassing Beijing.

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