Delhi government’s odd-even scheme has come into implementation from 8am today with chief minister Arvind Kejriwal urging all citizens to use carpooling in order to control the deteriorating air quality in the national capital. According to the data provided by System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), major pollutants PM 2.5 and PM 10 were docked at 500. In the Lodhi Road area, Air Quality Index (PM 2.5) was measured at 703, Delhi University’s level was at 695 while in Dhirpur, the number was 676. Also, in Gurugram, the AQI had crossed the 800 mark. According to a survey released on, over 40 per cent residents of Delhi and NCR want to move to another city because of bad air quality while 16 per cent want to travel during the period. The survey involved 17,000 respondents from Delhi and NCR.
Urging citizens to follow the odd-even scheme, Delhi CM wrote on Twitter, “Hello Delhi, the odd-even scheme is starting from today, in order to reduce air pollution. Do follow odd-even for the sake of your health, your children’s health and your family’s breath. Share car, this will help increase friendship, build relationships, save petrol and reduce pollution.”
A series of high-level meetings is slated in the next few days in the Environment Ministry and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to review the rising air pollution in the NCR of Delhi. A review meeting by a panel, led by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), is also on the cards. The panel, comprising various ministries, states and departments, had a review meeting last week to chalk out an action plan till mid-November for tackling pollution in the post-Diwali period. The CPCB is expected to present the outcome of its 46 monitoring units, which are keeping tab on pollution causing activities in the NCR.