New Delhi goes car-free for a day to combat chronic air pollution


The world's most polluted city is trying a new experiment to freshen its air: a "car-free day."

For five hours on Thursday morning, New Delhi's transport authorities asked drivers to avoid a usually traffic-clogged, six-kilometer stretch of road along the city's iconic India Gate.

It's the first of a series of car-free days being implemented on different stretches of road in the city on the 22nd of each month, in a desperate attempt by the government to reduce the city's traffic and air pollution.

Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of the state of Delhi, led a rally of cyclists to mark the event.