Chowdhury, Sourangsu and Dey, Sagnik and Tripathi, Sachchida Nand and Beig, Gufran and Mishra, Amit Kumar and Sharma, Sumit (2017) "Traffic intervention" policy fails to mitigate air pollution in megacity Delhi. Environmental Science and Policy, 74. pp. 8-13. ISSN 1462-9011

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Megacity Delhi has been ranked amongst the top most polluted cities in the world consistently over the last few years (WHO, 2016). As a desperate and emergency measure, the administration implemented 'traffic intervention' mitigation effort by instigating 'odd-even' policy as a trial for 15 days in January (1-15) 2016. During this period, odd and even numbered private cars were restricted to respective odd and even days. Here we examine the impact of this policy intervention on ambient particulate matter smaller than 2.5 mu m (PM2.5) through a combination of in-situ, satellite and model data. Traffic restriction reduces PM2.5 by 4-6% (maximum up to 10% in three local hotspots) which is within the uncertainty range of satellite-based estimates (and hence not detected). This is not a significant result considering the fact that such step was taken as an emergency measure when PM(2.5)exposure exceeded 250 mu g/m(3) during the winter season. The failure is attributed to stable meteorological conditions (winds are not strong enough to disperse PM2.5 away) during the period and there was no control over PM2.5 outside the periphery of the city. A more comprehensive inter-sectoral and inter -state action plan is required to address this alarming issue in this region.

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