Odd-even policy: 2-wheelers among most polluting, says IIT Kanpur draft report

The draft report states two-wheelers are responsible for more PM 10 and PM 2.5 than cars when it comes to polluting the air.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Published: December 10, 2015 3:15 am
air pollution, IIT Kanpur, two wheelers pollution, supreme court, delhi news Delhi government is yet to take a decision on two-wheelers, while four-wheeler owners get ready to ply under the odd-even system from January 1.

Exempting two-wheelers from the odd-even formula for plying of vehicles in Delhi to combat pollution will defeat the purpose, sources said Wednesday, basing this view on a draft report prepared by IIT Kanpur.

Delhi government is yet to take a decision on two-wheelers, while four-wheeler owners get ready to ply under the odd-even system from January 1.

The draft report states two-wheelers are responsible for more PM 10 and PM 2.5 than cars when it comes to polluting the air. The report states, “46% pollution is created by trucks in the city when it comes to both PM 10 and PM 2.5. Two-wheelers contribute to 33% of the pollution, 10% is contributed by four-wheelers. Buses contribute to 5% of the pollution, whereas 4% is done by light commercial vehicles, and the rest is the contribution of three-wheelers and other factors.”

Directed by the Supreme Court, the Delhi government has levied an environment compensation charge on trucks and commercial vehicles entering the city. The government, however, has little control over the trucks coming into the city.

On the two-wheeler segment, the government is undecided, said a source. “Many feel it will hit their electorate, as many in lower income group travel by motorcycles and may face difficulty using public transport. Ministers feel it needs more deliberations,” added the source.

Talks are ongoing on exempting women, said a highly placed source in the government. “Women’s safety is a concern and we believe the government will yield and exempt women,” added the source.

Delhi government commissioned the study in 2012 and it started in 2013, said the source. The draft report was submitted to the government recently, added the source.

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