Priyanka Chopra has shared a photo of herself in a mask while shooting for her upcoming film “The White Tiger” in New Delhi, as the Indian capital is suffering from heavy air pollution.
Writing on Instagram, the actress mentioned that she couldn’t imagine what it was like to live in such conditions and warned everybody to stay safe. She also called for a solution to the crisis, as the entire city has been covered in smog so poisonous that flights have to be canceled and schools closed down.
The chief minister of Delhi has described the pollution as "unbearable", and it is not expected to improve for at least another week. This has prompted the authority to issue a public health emergency in the city, pause all construction sites, give away millions of masks to children, and put a limit to the number of cars allowed to participate in commute.
Most residents who can afford to are spending their time indoor, though the working class is left with little choice but to go outside.
Smog in New Delhi – which has already taken the top spot in the list of the most polluted cities in the world – is hardly a new issue, and it often gets worse around this time of year as the temperature begins to drop and farmers who live around the city are lighting fires to clear their fields. However, this year, the situation has proven to be much more severe than usual.
The capital of India also has a major traffic problem and even before this air pollution crisis, officials here had announced plans to put into effect an odd-even car registration plate rule in the coming weeks – which is expected to reduce the number of cars on the road by 4 million every day. Anyone caught violating the rules will face a Rs 4000 fine.