Will an app a day keep air pollution away?

Growing concerns over the air quality in metros such as Delhi and Mumbai have led to a surge in mobile apps that keep users updated on the latest pollution levels and health warnings.

In the past one year alone, at least five apps for iOS and Android platforms have been developed by a Pune-based research institute, a Paris-based start-up, a not-for-profit organisation, a personal assistant app and an air purifier firm for metros such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai.

Odd-even scheme in Delhi: None agree how to measure air quality

The odd even scheme has seen widespread debate over its impact on the quality of Delhi’s air. Some agencies have come out with data on dips in specific pollutants on certain dates, others have called such claims premature. So what makes it so difficult to arrive at a quantitative assessment of air quality that can be directly related to the restrictions imposed on vehicles during the fortnight January 1 to January 15?

Delhi transport minister says odd-even scheme will return for a second phase

Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai on Wednesday said the odd-even rule will be implemented again, The Indian Express reported. The first phase of the rule will run till January 15, and the second phase will be discussed in a meeting to be held by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on January 18. The Supreme Court on Thursday backed the government, refusing to hear a petition challenging the Delhi High Court order and government's notification of the rule.