The influence of odd-even car trial on fine and coarse particles in Delhi

Prashant Kumar, Sunil Gulia, Roy Harrison, Mukesh Khare

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The odd-even car trial scheme, which reduced car traffic between 08.00 and 20.00 h daily, was applied from 1 to 15 January 2016 (winter scheme, WS) and 15-30 April 2016 (summer scheme, SS). The daily average PM2.5 and PM10 exceeded national standards, with highest concentrations (313 µg m-3 and 639 µg m-3, respectively) during winter and lowest (53 µg m-3 and 130 µg m-3) during the monsoon (Jun-August). PM concentrations during the trials can be interpreted either as reduced or increased, depending on the periods used for comparison purposes. For example, hourly average net PM2.5 and PM10 (after subtracting the baseline concentrations) reduced by up to 74% during the majority (after 1100 h) of trial hours compared with the corresponding hours during the previous year. Conversely, daily average PM2.5 and PM10 were higher by up to 3-times during the trial periods when compared with the preetrial days. A careful analysis of the data shows that the trials generated cleaner air for certain hours of the day but the persistence of overnight emissions from heavy goods vehicles into the morning odd eeven hours (0800-1100 h) made them probably ineffective at this time. Any further trial will need to be planned very carefully if an effect due to traffic alone is to be differentiated from the larger effect caused by changes in meteorology and especially wind direction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-30
JournalEnvironmental Pollution
Early online date24 Mar 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 Mar 2017


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