Odd-even not a solution to Delhi pollution, says AIIMS doctor

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New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) The problem of air pollution cannot be tackled by the odd-even formula alone, but the government should also subsidize electric cars which do not pollute the air, said a senior AIIMS doctor.

“By implementing the odd-even strategy, only the number of cars can be brought down to some extent, but air pollution and toxicity cannot be brought down at any cost,” said Randeep Guleria, head of respiratory medicine at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

Speaking at an event ahead of World Asthma Day, Guleria said the odd-even policy won’t work in the long run and instead the government should come up with a multi-pronged strategy to deal with the problem.

“We need to subsidize electric cars and two wheelers. They are environment friendly. We have to be realistic,” he said.

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Guleria, who is among the world’s top pulmonary medicine specialists, also said there was need to improve the quality of cars and fuel.



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