“While the success of Odd Even scheme in bringing down the air pollution in Delhi is still being debated, a new study has shown that air-quality has dipped further ever since the first phase ended.
“The first three working days after the end of the odd-even scheme saw rapid worsening of air quality with levels of fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) registering a jump of more than 57 per cent on the first working day itself, according to an analysis by a green body.
“Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) said that Delhi has lost the air quality gains of odd and even scheme and the delayed winter will make pollution worse if quicker steps are not taken to sustain the gains.
“It urged the Delhi government to immediately roll out its plan for the remaining part of the winter season and reduce traffic volume on a more sustained basis and allow public transport to perform more efficiently as was possible during the odd and even week.
“CSE also urged the government to implement the slew of orders which the Supreme Court gave yesterday including quick augmentation of bus and metro, stronger enforcement on diversion of truck traffic, closure notice on coal-based Badarpur Power Station power plant and serving notice to further advance implementation of Euro VI emissions standards for vehicles.” IndiaTimes. Read it on delhiair.org.
Air Quality Worsens in Delhi After Odd-Even Ends. New Study Calls For a Permanent Solution