As part of the government’s response to tackle the deteriorating air quality in the national capital, transport minister Kailash Gehlot said on Thursday the odd-even scheme will be re-enforced in Delhi for a period of five days from November 13
Gehlot requested the Delhites and all agencies to cooperate with the government and also assured them of no surge pricing by cab hailing companies such as Ola and Uber during the five days. He added ministers will also have to abide by the scheme.
Previously, Delhi has seen two phases of the scheme being implemented. The first phase lasted for 2 weeks starting January 1, 2016, and the second time was from April 15 to 30. The restrictions were in place from 8am to 8pm, both times.
The vehicles that were exempted from following the scheme included those running on compressed-natural-gas (CNG), electric vehicles, hybrid vehicles, women-only vehicles and those carrying children up to 12 years as well as those transporting children in school uniform.
“IGL (Indraprastha Gas Limited) stickers for cars will be available from tomorrow at 22 CNG stations across Delhi. Extra buses are also being arranged. But we will not requisition them for school buses,” Gehlot said.
The decision comes a day after a task force of the Central Pollution Control Board suggested to the EPCA that current conditions call for GRAP measures listed for emergency situations. Later, Delhi L-G Anil Baijal, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and EPCA members discussed the matter in a meeting on Wednesday evening.
The opposition BJP attacked the Aam Aadmi Party government over the scheme and said the odd-even scheme cannot be a solution to Delhi’s high level of pollution.
“The odd-even formula can be a formula for traffic maintenance and management but not a formula to stop pollution,” Meenakshi Lekhi, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s New Delhi MP, told reporters.
Air pollution in Delhi is primarily on account of dust particles, construction activities and debris and added that the menace was not because of vehicular emission, added Lekhi.