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“As the odd and even vehicle number experiment, one of the measures taken to reduce pollution levels in Delhi, draws to a close Friday, a study by IIT Kanpur has identified coal-fired tandoors in restaurants and hotels of the Capital as one of the contributors of particulate matter.

The study was commissioned by the Delhi government in 2012 and a draft report, which has been submitted to the government, recommends that such restaurants shift to electric or gas-based appliances.

The ‘Comprehensive Study on Air Pollution and Green House Gases (GHGs) in Delhi’ analysed several sources that contribute to Delhi’s hazardous air, including vehicles, power plants, industries, traffic, local power generation, hotels and open burning of municipal solid waste (MSW).

The report says burning of MSW in Delhi is rampant and contributes to Delhi’s air. “This emission is expected to be large in the regions of economically lower strata of the society which do not have proper infrastructure for collection and disposal of MSW.” The Indian Express. Read it on

Tandoors Contributing To Delhi’s Air Pollution: IIT Kanpur Study