Special Correspondent

CUDDALORE: The air hung thick over Cuddalore on Wednesday because of smog and smoke.

The smog signified the traces of the receding winter and smoke a harbinger of the Tamil New Year, — Tamil month Thai 1.

The traditional practice of burning discarded things on a large scale on Bhogi day was the cause for the smoke that engulfed the atmosphere from early morning.

Despite the caution from the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board officials that the people should be judicious in burning things to avert pollution there were scenes in the town in which rubber and plastic items were burnt nonchalantly.