New Delhi | Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced that Delhi’s flagship odd-even model will retunr from November 4 to November 15.
Under the scheme, odd and even-numbered vehicles ply on alternate days from November 4 to 15.
The Odd-Even scheme, an effort to control the pollution levels in the capital, was introduced in Delhi in 2016.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal: Odd-Even vehicle scheme to be implemented from 4th to 15th November, 2019. pic.twitter.com/qVmLChGHsd
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This year, restrictions will be enforced on private cars and women drivers are exempted. The Odd-Even plan is not applicable on the weekends, the Chief Minister said at a press conference.
“If you enforce Odd-Even for a long time, the implementation becomes troublesome. As of now, Odd-Even will only be restricted to this time frame,” said CM Kejriwal.
He also added that emergency vehicles will are exempted.
Speaking on the high-level pollution in the city, he asserted, “Delhi is the only city in the world where pollution is decreasing. Pollution in Delhi has decreased by 25 per cent”.
The odd-even scheme is a part of the Delhi government’s seven-point action plan to tackle pollution due to crop burning. The action plan also includes distribution of masks, mechanised sweeping of roads, tree plantation, and special plans for 12 pollution hotspots in the city.
“Delhi government had sought suggestions from the public regarding the stubble burning issue and it was discussed with experts and the resident welfare association (RWA). We got more than 1,200 suggestions on this and a seven-point starchy pollution action plan was prepared,” Arvind Kejriwal said.
Speaking on the Motor Vehicles Amendment Act which has garnered a lot of criticism for imposing hefty fines, the Delhi Chief Minister said, “There has been an improvement in Delhi’s traffic ever since the new Motor Vehicle Act has been implemented. If there is any clause due to which people are facing more problem and we have the power to reduce the fine then we will certainly do it”.