The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) will monitor the ambient air quality at 119 locations in and around the Capital, with focus on fine dust particles, during the second phase of the odd-even car rationing between April 15 and 30.
The government wants to study the road rationing scheme’s impact on the air quality of Delhi, considered one of the worst in the world.
On Friday, transport minister Gopal Rai detailed his government’s plan to map the air quality during the scheme.
Monitoring will be done with the help of Light Scattering Based Technology at 74 locations on Delhi’s seven borders.
“These locations will be monitored regularly excluding Sundays almost at the same time and locations,” said Rai. This will include random sampling for short durations to know the trend.
In border areas, one sample will be taken a kilometre or two inside Delhi. “The second sample will be on the border and third sample will be one or two kilometres inside the neighbouring states,” said Rai.
He wrote to his counterparts in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh as well as the Uttarakhand governor, seeking their cooperation.
“Twenty residential locations of Delhi will be monitored using manual samplers, twice between April 6 and 14, and twice during odd-even part 2,” Rai added.
Similarly, 15 industrial areas of Delhi will also be monitored.
The transport department on Friday inducted 400 ex-servicemen as part of their 120 mobile enforcement teams to patrol the city and challan violators of the odd-even rule.
“They have been given mobile phones so that information about violator can be given to them,” Rai said.
The 120 vehicles will have six members each — one transport department official, three ex-servicemen and two civil defence volunteers.
Civil defence volunteers will be posted at key locations.
While volunteers have the power to stop violators, department officials above the rank of constable will issue challans. Two thousand traffic cops will also be deployed.
During the scheme’s first phase in January, 4,000 Civil Defence volunteers were deployed at major intersections, Air quality was mapped at around 20 locations.
The odd-even restrictions will be enforced from 8am to 8pm Monday through Saturday.