NEW DELHI: A pollution-panel appointed by the Supreme Court of India to check the success of odd-even scheme said that the current environment in Delhi has the lowest-level of pollution, when compared to the previous year’s data during the same time-period. However, this does not mean that Delhi has ‘g0od-air’ as of now.
The panel appointed by the Supreme Court, Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) had carried out necessary analysis based on the data received from Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) and Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), before submitting its report to the apex court.
The report said that the Odd-even measure has reduced pollution-levels in Delhi by as much as 40%. It also added that both the Nitrogen oxide and Particulate matter loads in the atmosphere have decreased when compared to the data, recorded in the previous year. However, the panel underlined that the environmental condition in Delhi is still at ‘emergency levels’.
Earlier, various residents of Delhi have filed petitions in the Supreme Court challenging the implementation of the Odd-even scheme, which effected the daily-living of cab drivers and other professionals. One of the petitioner claimed that he and his family cannot make a living, if he rides taxi only for 15 days a month as per ‘odd-even rule’.
Following the petitions, the Supreme Court has directed the pollution board to submit a detailed report on whether the odd-even scheme has benefited the Delhi environment, after the first week. The apex court had also requested the government to scrap the scheme if it does not yield expected results.
As of now, the initiative from the Delhi government seems to show off a positive result though gradually. The government will now look to proceed with the implementation of the scheme till January 15, followed by which it takes a decision on the odd-even scheme.