IIT Delhi Team Review Impact of Odd-Even Delhi
IIT Delhi Team Review Impact of Odd-Even Scheme
The six-member crew has developed sensor-based pollution surveillance equipment called "Eziomotive" which have been licensed and also obtained ICAD accreditation.
NEW DELHI: A crew from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) will analyze the effect of the odd-even scheme, which will be launched in Delhi on 4 November, using real-time pollution surveillance equipment developed by students.
Monitoring will take place from 15 October to 15 November to study the effectiveness of the car ration scheme in increasing air quality.
The six-member team has developed sensor-based pollution surveillance equipment called "Eziomotive" which have been licensed and also obtained ICAD accreditation. "The devices will be put at the top of around 250 busses operating in the national capital to measure air quality. Devices will support to calculate Particulate Matter (PM), heat, temperature and moisture across different terrains, traffic movements, climate and time of day. We've linked up with the Delhi Integrated Multimodal Transit System (DIMTS) for this purpose, "said Pooja Singh of IIT Delhi's incubation facility to PTI.
"Each bus makes 16 trips a day, covering separate paths, each of which is between 30 and 40 km long. Camera systems and GPS devices are activated so that we can also monitor the movements of the vehicle," she added.
The research will be performed in two phases-pre odd-even and odd-even. "To analyze whether or not the system has had an impact, we also need to compare information from previous days. This will be performed in two stages and we will analyze whether or not the performance has enhanced during odd-even if yes, by how much proportion," she clarified.
The devices that will be used have been developed at IIT by start-up' Aerogram ' incubated. The IIT Center of Excellence for Clean Air Research provided initial financing for the project. Other members of the team include — Manoj Sahukar, Faheem Ashraf, Sahil Siwach, Bhaskar Dutt and Surbhi Kumari.
"We've already completed a pilot study using cars," said Mr. Singh. The team had previously created "EzioStat" static pollution surveillance equipment located at multiple locations on IIT Delhi campus to evaluate PM levels.
Earlier this month, Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced the implementation of the third version of the odd-even scheme. Under the system, odd and even-numbered cars will operate on consecutive days from 4 to 15 November.
Previous research by IIT-Delhi researchers in 2016 discovered that the rationing of cars on Delhi's highways decreased air pollution by only 2-3 percent when the scheme was first implemented. However, the same methodology and tools were not used for the research.