The odd-even scheme in the national capital is all set to make a comeback from November 4 due to increased pollution. Reintroducing the odd-even car rationing scheme will help to reduce air pollution in the capital, said Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The Delhi government has released a final notification on Friday which includes all the rules and exemptions about the odd-even rule.
The plying of non-transport four-wheeled vehicles (Motor Cars etc.) having registration number ending with an odd digit (1,3,5,7,9) shall be prohibited on 4th, 6th, 8th, 12th and 14th November 2019 and plying of the non-transport four-wheeled Vehicles having registration number ending with (0,2,4,6,8) shall be prohibited on 05th, 07th, 09th, 11th, 13th and 15th November, 2019. The restrictions will also apply to the non-transport four-wheeled vehicles bearing registration number of other states. The rule will be applicable in Delhi from 8 am to 8 pm, except on Sundays.
Arvind Kejriwal government will charge a fine of ₹4,000 for the violation of Odd-Even rule from November 4. Earlier, the penalty was ₹2,000 for the violation. The hike in the penalty for violation of Odd-Even scheme has been suggested by the Transport department as per the amended Motor Vehicle Act. The following officers have been authorized by the Delhi Government to compound the offence with the penalty amount:
A Supreme Court-mandated panel on Friday declared a public health emergency in the Delhi-NCR region and banned construction activity till November 5. As pollution levels in the region entered the "severe-plus" category, the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority also banned the bursting of crackers during the winter season. The air quality in Delhi-NCR deteriorated further Thursday night and is now at the severe-plus level. EPCA chairperson Bhure Lal said in a letter to the chief secretaries of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi- "We have to take this as a public health emergency as air pollution will have an adverse health impact on all, particularly our children," he said in the letter.
The blanket of haze over Delhi thickened on Friday morning with the national capital's pollution levels increasing overnight by around 50 points, taking the overall air quality index to 459. A Central Pollution Control Board official said the AQI entered the "severe-plus" or "emergency" category late Thursday night, the first time since January this year. If the air quality persists in the "severe-plus" category for more than 48 hours, emergency measures such as odd-even car rationing scheme, banning entry of trucks, construction activities and shutting down schools are taken under the Graded Response Action Plan, the official said.