NEW DELHI: The second edition of odd-even car rationing scheme in the national capital witnessed tough crackdown on those flouting norms.
The Delhi transport department issued 427 challans, while the Delhi police issued a total of 884 challans on the first day.
All seven air quality monitoring systems of the Central Pollution Control Board installed in Delhi showed poor to very poor particulate matter(pm) levels. The top three among them were Anand Vihar -351, Shadipur -284 and Punjabi Bagh -277 pm levels .
The Indian Metrological Department said air quality had been moderate over the last twenty days although it dipped on Friday owing to pollutants-laden winds blowing in from the north-west direction. The real-time readings of SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research) indicated that at R K Puram and Punjabi Bagh, Ozone (O3) was recorded at 200.3 and 174.5 micrograms per cubic metre (ug/m3) respectively around 4 pm. One hour notified average safe limit is 180 micrograms per cubic metre.
“Gaseous pollutants may be on the higher side when seen in real-time basis, but on the average they stay well within the prescribed limits except carbon dioxide, which goes up at times,” said an IMD official.
Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai, who took a bus ride to assess implementation of the scheme, said, “I have reports from all over Delhi that people are following the scheme.”
“The final picture will emerge after we receive reports from different departments,” he said.