France, Nov. 18 -- India's capital shut down all colleges and schools as well as six of the city's 11 coal-fired power plants and banned construction after the Supreme Court called for steps including work from home for millions to tackle high air pollution in Delhi.

India's Supreme Court has also ordered millions to work from home in Delhi and its suburbs amid high air pollution in the capital where schools took a week-long break and factories and construction shut down to limit smoke and dust.

It also suggested several other measures for the city of 20 million where a health survey said 44 percent of residents reported some from their family members had visited doctors or hospitals with pollution-linked illnesses.

Experts say the Del...