Delhi Odd-Even Rule : Due to Heavy Air Pollution in Delhi Government implemented Odd-Even Scheme in Delhi from 13 November 2017 to 17 November 2017. This time around there is no relief for two-wheeler and women drivers. The only exemption will be for CNG vehicles and emergency vehicles such as ambulances, fire tenders and so on. Earlier Under the Odd-Even Rule private vehicles in Delhi are allowed to run based on the last number of their licence plates. Odd-numbered cars are allowed to run on odd dates while even-numbered cars can only run on even dates. Now Due to High Level Air Pollution women drivers and two-wheeler motorists were not exempted from the odd-even rule as the Green Court questioned the rationality of the exemption to the Delhi government.
School Children in uniform being driven in the car will be exempted from the odd-even rule. This rule will not be applicable on emergency vehilcles like PCR vans, fire brigade and ambulances. Public buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws will also have a regular day with no affect on their commute.
The Green Court suggested that the implementation of odd-even scheme makes sense when the PM-10 level is above 500 micrograms per cubic metre and the PM-2.5 goes above 300 micrograms per cubic metre.Violation of odd-even rule will lead to levy a fine of Rs 2000 as per the provisions of sub-section (1) of section 194 under Motor Vehicle Act, 1988.
This is the third time Delhi is seeing the implementation of this rule. The last two time when the Odd-even rule was implemented yielded almost negligible results on the pollution front.On Thursday, Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot had announced the implementation of odd-even car scheme for a five-day period from 13 to 17 November. The odd-even will be implemented from 8 am to 8 pm.
The decision came after Delhi as air quality reached ‘severe’ level. The air quality index (AQI) at 7.30 am was recorded at 468, which was worse than Tuesday’s average AQI of 448 and going forward with other measures like ban on construction, use of excess of water to bring down dust and hike in parking fees for vehicles will hopefully bring down the pollution in Delhi and National Capital Region.
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