The Odd Even rule in the capital started from 8 am today and will be in force till November 15. The Delhi government has deployed 200 teams of traffic police for strict implementation of the scheme. The government has also trained 5,000 civil defence volunteers to issue challans to the violators and to spread awareness about the scheme.
The pollution level in Delhi and NCR has increased with smog and a cloud cover over the sun to prevent its rays from warming the ground. The current smog has led to the diversion of almost 30 plus flights. Luckily, on the first day of odd even, the traffic was less as vehicles were lower in number and the drizzle, aided by winds, late on Sunday.
The Delhi government’s plan of odd-even for the cars may help this time also curb the pollution level in the capital. CM Arvind Kejriwal has also urged people to cooperate and support the scheme. As Monday is the first day of the scheme, all the vehicles ending with registration number including 0, 2, 4, 6, 8 will be allowed to ply on the roads from 8 am to 8 pm.
Under the scheme, vehicles with registration numbers ending with an odd digit (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) will not be allowed on the roads on November 4, 6, 8, 12 and 14. Similarly, vehicles with registration numbers ending with an even digit (0, 2, 4, 6, 8) will not be allowed to ply on November 5, 7, 9, 11, 13 and 15. Violators will be fined Rs 4,000, as against Rs 2,000 last time around. Exceptions have been made for two-wheelers and women driving their cars either alone or with children below the age of 12. CNG cars, which were exempt from the earlier 2 odd even durations, will also have to submit to the plan.
The Supreme Court on Monday wanted the Delhi government to show data as to how the pollution had subsided under the plan’s first day. This was in relation to the exception to two-wheelers and heavy transport vehicles that are exempt from the rule. The Court wanted to know the rationale on exemptions.
However, the BJP and Congress have blamed the Delhi government for the air pollution crisis and termed the odd-even scheme a political stunt by the ruling regime for the next assembly elections.
On Sunday, Congress staged a protest outside the residence of CM Arvind Kejriwal over the air pollution row. Congress leaders including Ajay Maken and Arvinder Singh Lovely among others participated in the protest along with hundreds of workers.