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India's capital, New Delhi could soon see a comeback of the Odd-even car scheme. The national capital has been facing alarming air quality levels for the past four days. Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal has now stated to ANI, that "if the need arises, we will soon implement the odd-even scheme in the capital."
According to sources, Delhi's air pollution levels have constantly been on the rise since the festival of Diwali. Also, the drop in temperature during the winter season has further worsened the condition in the national capital.
The Odd-even rule in Delhi is part of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), which measures the air pollution levels. Also, the Air Quality Index (AQI) recorded their second highest pollution levels this year on 23rd December at 450 AQI. This according to the grading system, falls in the ‘severe' category, one below the ‘hazardous'.
Citizens of Delhi have been asked to take preventive measures, before going outside. Preventive measures such as wearing a mask and/or using greener modes of transport.
The Delhi Government themselves are making sure, every procedure to curb the rising air pollution is implemented. Arvind Kejriwal has also stated that the government will make more than 3,000 eco-friendly buses operational soon while also encouraging the use of environmental-friendly modes of transportation.
The odd-even car scheme was first introduced in the city in 2016. The scheme was operational between January and April. According to the odd-even rule, number plates ending with odd and even numbers would operate on alternate days. Those in violation of the rule were fined an amount of up to Rs 2,000.
During its first stint in 2016, the rule was applicable to only four-wheelers, with two-wheelers being exempted. Also in order to facilitate easier transport, the government also arranged for extra public transport on the days of its implementation.
Thoughts On The Odd-Even Rule In Delhi
When the Odd-Even Rule was first implemented in the national capital, the scheme received a mixed reaction from the public. However, now with Delhi facing its worst pollution levels ever, a strict rule is required to curb the rising pollution levels. The odd-even rule, as of now hasn't been confirmed to make a comeback.