Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, in a media briefing on Thursday, October 17, announced that the Odd-Even scheme will be applicable in Delhi from November 4 to November 15 due to increased pollution in the city. Under the scheme, vehicles with even number plates will be allowed on even dates whereas, on odd dates, odd-numbered vehicles will be allowed, except a few exemptions. The CM gave a detailed report of the Odd-Even scheme and the exemptions under the scheme. The scheme will be applicable on vehicles coming from other states, and will only be applicable on non-transport four-wheeler vehicles. Two-wheelers will be exempted from the odd-even scheme. He also added that 16-night teams have been deployed for vigilance amongst the other measures to curb pollution.
The Delhi CM said, "Keeping in mind the increase in polluted area due to the burning of stubble in the neighbouring states, the Delhi Government had decided that from November 4 to November 15, the Odd-Even scheme will be enforced in Delhi. Vehicles with even number plates will be allowed on even dates whereas, on odd dates, odd-numbered vehicles will be allowed. This will also be applicable to vehicles coming in from other states and will only be applicable on non-transport four-wheeler vehicles. Two-wheelers will be exempted from the odd-even scheme."
"The scheme will be applicable from 8 am to 8 pm whereas it will not be applicable on Monday. The penalty on violating the odd-even scheme will be Rs 4000. Apart from two-wheelers, vehicles of President of India, Vice-President of India, Prime Minister of India, Governors of states, Chief Justice of India, Speaker of Lok Sabha, Union Ministers, Leaders of Opposition in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, Cheif Ministers of other states and Union Territories except the CM of Delhi, vehicles of judges of the Supreme Court, chairperson UPSC, Chief election commissioner, vehicle of CAG, Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha, Deputy speaker of Lok Sabha, Chief Justice and judges of the Delhi High Court, Lokayukta, and emergency vehicles, enforcement vehicles, vehicles bearing Defence Ministry number plates will be exempted from the Odd-Even scheme. CNG vehicles which were exempted last time, will now be under the Odd-Even scheme. Women only vehicles, vehicles driven by handicapped people and vehicles carrying children in school uniforms will also be exempted," Kejriwal added.
CM Kejriwal also added that the MLAs of Delhi Government also inspected the entire stretch of PWD roads in Delhi and found that there 232 potholes in all. These potholes will be repaired by November 18. 283 patches of broken roads were also discovered which will be repaired by October 31. 272 uneven patches of road will be resurfaced by November 30. The Delhi CM also added that in the following months, the Delhi Government will also be able to predict real-time pollution from each source which will help cut down on pollution immensely.