CKIC-DRIIVAir Pollution

Context and Objectives

Air pollution is recognised as the biggest environmental problem in Delhi NCR. Despite a series of measures taken in the last two decades, annual particulate matter (PM) levels in Delhi remain more than double the national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). This proposal is conceptualized with multi-institutional expertise to identify the technological, economic, societal and legal hurdles in implementing clean air action plan in Delhi, conducting feasibility studies for sustainable and effective interventions and develop an integrated and open data analytical tool to aid policymakers in informed decision making. This project is expected to help Delhi attain first the National Clean Air Program target of 20-30% reduction in PM levels in the next few years and lay the foundation for bigger and more aggressive interventions in the next phase that would eventually take Delhi closer to the NAAQS by 2030.

Air Pollution Management Team

How it Works

The project Waste to Wealth is divided into seven work packages:


Work Package 1

Hotspot Management: Identify local dispersed pollution sources (A-PAG and CSTEP); Real-time source apportionment at the hotspots (IITD); Exposure reduction strategy at the hotspots (IITD, TERI, CSTEP)

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Work Package 2

Intervention studies: Identifying key point sources that contribute to Delhi's air quality (IITD); Techno-economic assessments for emission control (TERI, CSTEP); Finding solutions for crop burning (Ashoka University, IITD, CEEW in collaboration with IPS Foundation)

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Work Package 3

Health benefit analysis from interventions (AIIMS, IGIB, IIITD):Engaging policy makers using hospital-based interventions (TERI)

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Work Package 4

Linking graded response action plan (GRAP) with air quality forecasting (IITD, CSE).

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Work Package 5

Awareness and capacity building programmes: Public engagement (UCMS, TERI, CEEW, JNU); Capacity building of MCD staffs (A-PAG)

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Work Package 6

Addressing legal framework and impediments to compliance with clean air action plan(CSE).

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Work Package 7

Open data platform for decision making (IIIT Delhi, IIT Delhi).

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DRIIV Getting Media Attention

Hindustan Times

In works: A collaborative approach to find Sustainable solutions to Delhi's crucial challenges:

The main task is to develop an ecosystem around science and technology where various players can come together and contribute in bringing innovation from the laboratory to the market. We don't want to leave research on paper, directionless, but drive it along what is needed as per the national mission requirements... read more

The Times of India

Pilot project to stop diesel trucks at Delhi Border:

DRIIV, a government of India initiative, has initiated a pilot project along with Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, to explore the possibility of building logistics hubs along the Delhi-Jaipur highway where diesel trucks can be stopped. The goods they are carrying to the capital can then be unloaded and transhipped to Delhi in electric... read more

The Hindu

COVID-19 surge preparedness with AI, genomic surveillance:

New and emerging variants of SARS-CoV-2 virus continue to pose a threat to the health of populations across the globe. Counting the unique and observable changes in the sequences available until January 2022 shows more than 6,000 mutations have accumulated in the spike gene of the virus... read more

Hindustan Times

Delhi-Jaipur Electric Highway:

Ashwini Chaubey, Minister of State for Environment, who will flag off the trial run, said that the Delhi-Jaipur E-Highway with NHEV pilot will be the landmark initiative by Ease of Doing Business. Chaubey said, “This unique initiative will benefit tourist and people to 'travel clean' on EVs who are not even EV owners and will inspire more people to buy and participate in making India surface transport green... read more

Urban Transport News

Tech for Circular Economy brings Delhi-Jaipur E-Highway:

Atal Harit Vidyut Rashtriya Mahamarg will break its own existing record of the longest EV Tech Trial Run ever conducted in the country. Dr (Smt) Parvinder Maini, Scientific Secretary, OPSA congratulated DRIIV and NHEV, an initiative under EoDB for recognizing the synergy between Science and experimenting through pilots... read more