Monday, February 15, 2016

TERI Concludes that the Benefits of Odd/Even Plan are Difficult to Assess

Air pollutant concentrations have been consistently high in the city of New Delhi over the last many years. Transport sector has been identified by a number of research studies as an important source of pollution in the city. To examine ways to address the issue, Delhi Government decided to implement the social experiment, i.e. the ‘odd-even’ scheme from January 1, 2016 to January 15, 2016 in which plying of privately owned cars was restricted on alternate days based on the last digit (odd/even) of the registration number. TERI analyzed the ambient air pollutant concentrations in the city of Delhi from 24th Dec 2015 (before Odd-Even scheme) to 15th Jan 2016 (during which ‘odd-even’ scheme was implemented) and concluded that the benefits of Odd/Even Plan are difficult to assess.

Link to the TERI report.

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