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Delhiites have to keep paying the cost of pollution over the next decade

State stalling over the last 20 years robs the city of softer options and time.

While the world castigates Beijing for its polluted skies, Delhi has quietly stolen that crown. It was named the world's most polluted city by the WHO in 2014, which still stoked denials and protests from its officials.

WHEN India became independent in 1947, Delhi had a population of 0.7 million. The city thereafter witnessed explosive growth. By 1950, the population had doubled to about 1.4 million. By 1986, less than four decades after the country's independence, Delhi's population had increased 10-fold. By...

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