India's capital in grip of pollution

NEW DELHI: In the highly polluted Indian capital that witnessed an alarming increase in air pollution recently, a young man wearing an oxygen mask and carrying a 20-liter plastic water bottle strapped to his back is an unusual attraction.

The oxygen mask’s transparent tube is looped and fitted to the bottleneck of the water jar. From outside one can see an artificial tree in full bloom and water inside the bottle.

It appears as if the man is breathing oxygen from the bottle that otherwise is used by people in most Indian cities to carry purchased drinking water home.

Standing in the middle of the busy road on a pavement in Noida – on the outskirts of Delhi – as honking vehicles move past, the young man holds a placard to the passersby.–Agencies