Delhi has turned to its ‘odd-even’ scheme as toxic smog covers India’s national capital. It will be applicable for a week starting November 13.
Delhi’s AQI has mostly been over the 400 mark in early November. An AQI of 504 was registered on November 4.
First rolled out in 2016, the scheme selectively allows use of private vehicles on alternative days depending on the number plate's last digit.
India’s Central Pollution Control Board previously found that the rule could not help reduce the city’s pollution by more than 3%.
The odd-even scheme does not cut all traffic in half. The rule exempts taxis, CNG and two-wheeler vehicles.
The Supreme Court said Delhi’s odd-even scheme does not appear to be effective. The apex court urged authorities to explore other ways.
Studies show traffic restrictions barely control levels of PM2.5, a harmful and chemically complex matter present in the air.
The IIT Delhi study suggested such curbs will reduce PM2.5 by 8-10% in some areas of Delhi. Other areas may have a dip of 2-3%.