Gurgaon, India, eyes air quality, considers OddEven traffic scheme

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GURUGRAM, (Oct 2, 2017) – The Times of India reports that the Gurgaon administration is considering the Odd-Even traffic scheme as an option to reduce air pollution in the city in the coming months – taking a cue from Delhi’s implementation of the car-rationing plan in 2016.

Gurgaon was the most polluted Indian city on 1st October, according to Central Pollution Control Board data. And with the imminent onset of stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana, and Diwali and foggy days ahead, air quality is likely to remain poor on more days than not during the next few months.

Deputy commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh told the Times of India: “We are not implementing the Odd-Even scheme as of now. Our motive is not to reach emergency levels … However, if the situation becomes alarming, we may consider implementation of the Odd-Even scheme, after discussing it with all the stakeholders involved.”

Speaking about the possible implementation of the Odd-Even scheme, Jai Bhagwan Sharma, regional officer of the Haryana State Pollution Control Board, said: “With the district administration taking early action, I hope the situation will remain under control this year. I request residents to abstain from bursting firecrackers this Diwali. This is the only way we can control pollution levels.”

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