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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

State wide autos and taxis are going on a day’s strike in the capital tomorrow. Opposing the AAP government’s new taxi scheme the auto rickshaw and taxi driver union would join the nationwide strike of 10 central unions starting from September 2.

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The Delhi Auto Rickshaw Sangh and Delhi Pradesh Taxi Union have decided to support BJP-backed Bhartiya Majdoor Sangh (BMS) in the strike by ensuring that no auto and taxi would be seen on Delhi’s roads on Wednesday. There are around 90,000 auto rickshaws, 35,000 All-India Tourist Permit vehicles and approximately 15,000 yellow and black taxis in the city.

Vice-president of BMS, Rajendra Soni alleging government’s new scheme as ‘anti-driver’ said, “The new policies will have an adverse effect on the existing drivers, who already are struggling to attain their needs. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal came to power with the support of Delhi’s auto and taxi drivers and now he is endangering existence of the very same people.”

The new radio taxi scheme announced by the Delhi government last month comprises accommodating small vehicles for improving last mile connectivity in the city. It lays down vehicles between 600 to 749 CC on roads under the banner of transport department. The taxis will aim to provide comforts of car ride at standard government fares.

Soni also claimed that the capital’s roads are already crowded with a huge number of transport vehicles and the new scheme will make further create a space crunch on the roads of Delhi. He said, “We are already facing a tough competition from the private taxi operators like Uber and Ola and this new amendment would further choke our survival.”

Further Mr. Soni talked about the ignorance they faced from the government. He claimed to have written about the issue to Mr. Kejriwal on August 16, but said he got no reply on his query. Unlike having a talk with the union, the government didn’t even bother to answer. He threatened that if the administration does not look into the issue after coming Wednesday’s evening, they will stop the operation of taxi and auto-rickshaw in Delhi between 4 and 10 P.M.

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Ola Joins Hands with Microsoft Research to Measure Real-time Air Quality

The data along with traffic and speed data can provide information on bad air-quality hotspots in the city

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In a bid to support the government’s efforts to combat air pollution, private cab aggregator Ola and Microsoft Research on Monday joined hands to measure real-time street level air quality data in Delhi-NCR.

Particulate Matter (PM 2.5) data will be collected through sensors mounted on Ola’s fleet of vehicles.

Ola’s fleet of cars for this has been identified, based on complex algorithms to ensure maximum geographical coverage of data.

The sensors to be mounted in the engine compartment of the cars have been custom-made by a Delhi-based company Purelogic Labs India Pvt. Ltd.

“At Microsoft Research India, we have a track record of conducting research that addresses pressing societal issues with innovative technology. The recent launch of our Societal impact through Cloud and AI (SCAI) initiative enables us to deepen our engagement with like-minded collaborators. We are excited to be partnering with Ola on the critical challenge of air pollution, leveraging their reach in the country and our expertise in edge technologies such as IoT-based sensing and AI,” Venkat Padmanabhan, Deputy Managing Director, Microsoft Research India, said in a statement.

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The project is set to begin this month and is expected to collect millions of data points over the course of one year to complete the spectrum of variation in Delhi’s air-pollution.

“Air pollution is one of the biggest global environmental challenges of today. Most air-quality sensors today measure ambient air-quality which is not reflective of the street-level pollution people are subjected to on a daily basis. This project is part of ‘Ola City Sense’, a programme to provide intelligent data based insights to cities,” said Anand Shah, Head, Ola Mobility Institute.

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Under this partnership, Ola Mobility Institute and Microsoft Research will leverage their strong research and data science capabilities to jointly conduct research to provide periodic reports and insights from the data collected.

The data along with traffic and speed data can provide information on bad air-quality hotspots in the city. (IANS)