“The Delhi government will monitor air quality across NCR in the next odd-even fortnight that starts on April 15. This is being done to compare changes in the pollution level, if any, during the period when traffic on Delhi’s roads is expected to reduce substantially. ‘We will set up monitoring stations in NCR so that we are able to draw comparisons between the air quality of Delhi and neighbouring areas during the two weeks of odd-even scheme. The environment department will keep an eye on the air quality on specific roads through mobile vans that will monitor pollution levels twice a day on such stretches,’ said transport minister Gopal Rai.
“CPCB is already monitoring air pollution in NCR and the mobile vans will only add another set of figures to the existing database. The problem remains that there is still no 24-hour data available to assess the real impact of such an initiative…The government will issue a fresh notification on the phase-II of the odd and even, most likely on April 8, which will identify the various exemptions to the scheme and the penalty for violating the order. The notification will be first ratified by the LG.” The Times of India. Read it on delhiair.org.