New Year Fireworks Eclipse Odd-Even Results on Day 1 
Odd-even lowered the number of cars on the roads but pollution levels were still high. (Photo: PTI)
Odd-even lowered the number of cars on the roads but pollution levels were still high. (Photo: PTI)

New Year Fireworks Eclipse Odd-Even Results on Day 1 

The pollution metres on Friday evening showed a significant spike over the levels recorded on Thursday evening, even as the odd-even restriction took off here. Experts say this could be because of fireworks and increased traffic till late night on New Year’s eve.

Due to New Year’s eve, there has been a lot of movement of vehicles throughout the night, unlike on a normal day. There has been an extensive use of crackers as well. Because of all these factors, the result that odd-even formula might have had has been reduced

Vikrant Tongad, Environmentalist, Social Action for Forest and Environment (SAFE)

At four of the six air monitoring stations of Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), pollution levels showed a drastic rise at 6.30 pm on Friday compared to the figures of the corresponding period on Thursday.

According to the US Embassy in New Delhi, the air quality index stood at 269, considered “very unhealthy”.

“Very unhealthy” air can cause significant aggravation of heart or lung disease and premature mortality in persons with cardiopulmonary disease and can cause “significant” increase in respiratory effects in general population as per the mission’s data.

The experts IANS spoke to cautioned against reading too much into the readings as they say that it will take longer than just a fortnight for the lower pollution to show up in metres.

The pollution level has not been affected even as even-odd started as the pollutants which have gathered in the air till today stay close to the ground in winter. They get trapped in the air

Vikrant Tongad

Four-wheelers are not the sole polluters of Delhi’s air as they pollute less than the higher percentage of two-wheelers. Scooters and motorcycles make up almost two-thirds of the motor vehicles in the city, according to the DPCC. Of the 90 lakh vehicles registered in the city, some 60 lakh are two-wheelers.

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