90 lakh vehicles, 60L 2-wheelers on road
90 lakh vehicles, 60 lakh are two-wheelers on road
New Delhi,8 November: Two-wheelers in the city make up to two-thirds of the motor vehicles in the city, according to the Delhi Pollution Control Board (DPCB). So, of the 90 lakh vehicles registered in the city, some 60 lakh are two-wheelers.Besides, over 1,400 vehicles are being added each day to the city’s existing vehicular numbers, says the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE). The Delhi government’s ambitious plan to regulate vehicular traffic is a welcome step to curb the alarming levels of pollution in the city, but the move will be effective only when there is a check on two-wheelers, diesel-run trucks and buses, experts say.
On Tuesday, the Delhi government announced that private vehicles with odd and even registration numbers will ply on odd and even dates respectively from January 1, 2016. “It will be datewise,” Transport Minister Gopal Rai told the media, days after the government said odd numbered vehicles would ply on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and those with even numbers on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. But experts argue that since two-wheelers are the highest contributors of vehicular pollution, there is a need to keep a tab on scooters and motorcycles as well.
Vikrant Tongad, an environmentalist working with Delhi-based Social Action for Environment and Forest (SAFE), said: “The scooters and motorcycles are the highest contributors of vehicular emissions in the city. There are many private buses and trucks running on diesel. Without checks on all these, the even-odd formula wouldn’t be efficient enough to clear Delhi air.” According to a study by CSE, two-wheelers make up for 32 percent of the particulate matter pollution in the air, while cars contribute 22 percent, diesel-run trucks 28 percent, and Compressed Natural Gas-run (CNG) buses 4 percent of the city’s air pollution