The air quality in Delhi and its neighbouring cities – Gurgaon, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Noida and Greater Noida – has been oscillating between “very poor”, “severe”, and on “hazardous” levels says EPCA.
The Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) asked the Delhi Government to “either impose a complete ban on non-CNG private vehicles, or at least implement the odd-even scheme if air pollution levels rise again in Delhi.” Chairman Bhure Lal, EPCA.
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The same suggestion has also been made in its list of recommendations to the Central Pollution Control Board or CPCB.
The air quality in Delhi and its neighbouring cities – Gurgaon, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Noida and Greater Noida – has been oscillating between “very poor” and “severe”, and on certain days reaching “hazardous” levels.
An AQI (Air Quality Index) between 0 and 50 is considered “good”, 51 and 100 “satisfactory”, 101 and 200 “moderate”, 201 and 300 “poor”, 301 and 400 “very poor”, and 401 and 500 “severe”. Anything above that is considered “hazardous”.
Mr.Lal said he understands that any restriction on plying of private vehicles without adequate public transport would create “huge inconvenience” to people.
He concluded his recommendation by requesting the CPCB-led task force to deliberate on this matter and give its recommendations at the earliest.
In 2016, the odd-even scheme was enforced twice – January 1-15 and April 15-30 – in Delhi, when vehicles having odd and even number plates were allowed to ply on alternate days as the air quality deteriorated.