Alarming rates of pollution remain one of the biggest challenges in the 21st century. What is striking here is diesel emissions from heavy vehicles is detrimental to human physiology. Statistics have shown the world cities worst hit by pollution and New Delhi is no far behind in the race. According to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) trucks account for 12 per cent of air pollution.
Fume emissions from heavy vehicles are the major contributors to rising air pollution in Delhi. This is one of the reasons why Delhi is considered one of world’s most polluted cities. Seeing the choking pollution levels in Delhi, the Delhi government introduced the odd-even scheme, the first phase of which was tested in January this year. The second phase of it started from April 15 to today, i.e; April 30. (Also read. Ban on diesel cars to continue, no diesel run taxi from May 1st in capital: SC)
Majorly vehicular emission, road dust, industrial point source and biomass lead to toxic air in the city. Also as per WHO, diesel emission is considered as Class One carcinogenic, not only this diesel emission coated with dust creates huge damage to human physiology. Pollution is not entirely a problem of urban areas but is also an affliction for rural areas too. What the country needs is effective policies to deal with the challenges of environmental degradation.
Today Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal congratulated Delhiites for making odd-even second phase a success. Now the fate of the scheme's next edition will only be decided after a report of comparative study of two phases by a committee set up by government. Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai claimed that during the second phase, the pollution level increased three folds in border areas compared to inner areas where it has gone down significantly. (Also read. Odd-Even Scheme: One MP rides horse, other opts cycle to Parliament)