Independent body should monitor air quality: Scientist on odd-even

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 18, 2016 11:25 IST
The former CPCB scientist Mahendra Pandey claimed no significant change in air quality was registered during the first phase of the odd-even scheme. (HT file photo)

An environmental scientist has moved the National Green Tribunal, seeking independent monitoring of air pollution levels by agencies other than the state and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

The scientist’s plea, which expresses doubts over the second phase of the fortnight-long odd-even scheme, is likely to be listed for hearing on April 19.

Mahendra Pandey, previously associated with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) as a scientist, has alleged that vehicular pollution is not a major contributing factor to pollution.

Referring to an IIT Roorkee study, Pandey claimed no significant change in air quality was registered during the first phase of the scheme which was in force between January 1 and 15.

“In fact as per the data provided by CPCB, it is clear that during odd-even days the pollution levels were much higher than the pre- and post-car rationing scheme days. This raises serious concern about the much-hyped odd-even formula,” the plea said.

“After the completion of first phase of odd-even scheme, tall claims were made by Delhi government by publishing advertisements in newspapers about its success. However, no data was made public regarding the level of pollution till today. Therefore, the claims of success of the odd even scheme is meaningless as it is not supported by any data,” the plea said.

The petition sought directions to the CPCB and Delhi Pollution Control Committee for separately monitoring levels of all parameters listed in Ambient Air Quality Standards during the second phase of odd-even scheme so that a proper comparison can be drawn.

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