This is what Delhi needs to learn from Paris for controlling pollution levels

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Updated: December 9, 2016 10:01:34 AM

Few days ago Paris implemented a series of measures, including the odd-even road-rationing scheme, as pollution levels rose with the concentration of Particulate Matter 10 (PM 10) touching 95 micrograms per cubic metre (µg/m3).

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo also met some pulmonologists from hospitals of the Ile-de-France to discuss the effects of pollution. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo also met some pulmonologists from hospitals of the Ile-de-France to discuss the effects of pollution.

Remember the condition of Delhi after Diwali this year? The air quality of the city just went for a toss! Delhi was choking and there were no concrete solutions to improve the situation. Few days ago Paris implemented a series of measures, including the odd-even road-rationing scheme, as pollution levels rose with the concentration of Particulate Matter 10 (PM 10) touching 95 micrograms per cubic metre (µg/m3). According to an Indian Express report, in Delhi on Thursday, PM 10 concentration was 399 µg/m3 — almost five times that of Paris — but only one of the many measures that the capital’s Environment Pollution Control Authority had suggested is in place, the ban on diesel generators.

As pollution levels rose, Paris has put Odd-even restriction in place, made Public transportation free, health advisory for elderly and children issued and school children have been asked to not exercise outdoors. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo also met some pulmonologists from hospitals of the Ile-de-France to discuss the effects of pollution. “Immediate measures, including the introduction of vehicular restriction, were taken as pollution levels remain high for a very long duration in Paris,” said a statement issued by the mayor’s office. Hidalgo later tweeted: “The #Alternatecirculation is not THE solution but 1 emergency measure that curbs the rise in particle levels #StopPollution #pollution.” This is the fourth time that the odd-even restriction was introduced in Paris to control air pollution since 1997, 2014 and 2015.

In Delhi, the odd-even restriction came into force for the first time in January this year after PM 10 levels cross 430 µg/m3. “The government is waiting for a detailed order from the Supreme Court. Once that happens, it will be notified and all governments concerned will have to follow the norms mentioned. We cannot delay the process. This is the time that is it needed the most as this is one of the most polluted months of the year and this is when action is needed the most,” said Anumita Roychowdhury, executive director, Centre for Science and Environment told Indian Express.

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