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New Delhi Tests Traffic Control to Curb Air Pollution
   2016-01-01 19:47:30    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Chu Yiming

Commuters travel on a polluted road near a bus terminus in New Delhi on December 21,2015. [Photo: Chinadaily]

The Indian capital New Delhi on Friday began testing a traffic control program, in an attempt to curb the city's record high air pollution problem.

From January 1 to 15, private cars will only be allowed on the roads on alternate days, depending on whether their license plates end in even or odd numbers.

Vivke Chattopadhyaya is the program manager of air pollution union, Center for Science and Environment in New Delhi.

He says different factors contribute to air pollution, but car emissions rank among the top.

"For example, the transportation sector can contribute as much as 50 percent of the pollution including the primary emissions and secondary particles that are from this time. And due to the reactions between different pollutants. And also other sources are there, industry, power plants and then the fuels burning. All those are all contributing to the pollution."

Friday saw much lower traffic volumes in the city. However, with the New Year's Day holiday, officials say the traffic does not serve as a reliable indicator of the new plan's effectiveness.

VIPs, police, paramilitary forces, emergency services such as ambulances and the fire brigade, are exempted from the new rule.

A fine of around 30 US dollars will be imposed on offenders.

The World Health Organisation last year said New Delhi had the worst air quality in the world. India has rejected the report's findings.

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